The Chamber's services are based on its Principal Mandates which are:

  • Advocacy:

    Promoting the interest of stakeholders through advocating appropriate policies, and monitoring Government Strategies on implementation as it affects the industry in such a way that Nigerian will earn a leading position in shipping business in the West and Central African sub- region in line with global best policies to meet world standards.

  • Regional/Continental Trade:

    Promoting trade within the countries in the West African region as well as facilitating shipping business interests across the African countries by collaborating with Chambers of Shipping in other Countries within the Region and with relevant regional/continental trade groups.

  • Training and Capacity Building: 

    In order to ensure the realization of local content objectives in the Maritime Sector, there is a greater need for local development by the way of capacity building and empowerment of stakeholders with the opportunity for continuous Professional Development in the shipping/maritime sector. NCS is making tremendous effort to achieve this through sustainable Training programmes. On a monthly basis, the Chamber runs different training programmes based on Industry needs for the wide clientele ranging from the relevant agencies, operators, financial institutions and other interested individuals. The NCS runs some of these Training Programmes with its Affiliates.

  • Legal Support and Arbitration:

     The Chamber involves in Mediation, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution between members and Government Agencies or Third Party. NCS arbitrates on such matters and some cases of litigation, provide legal support for her members at their request, which attracts comparable practice fee, thus, saving huge legal fees for members and fostering better working relations in the Industry.

  •  Research and Publication:

    The Chamber embarks on extensive research and planning structured on Technical Know-how. This ensures the creation of platforms for all National Policy decisions to be aligned with the heartbeat of the Industry for easy accessibility that engenders positive turnaround of investments in the Maritime Sector. Publications are made available through media to educate members and public.

  • Enlightenment Campaign Programme:

    The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping works in synergy with Maritime Regulators and Operators in simple partnership and understanding by drawing all hands on deck to ensure the actualization of common goals. Optimum result is expected to be achieved on this through Sensitization and Public Awareness Programmes, Roundtable Events, Interactive Forums, Breakfast Meetings. Etc.

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Core Areas of Engagement

For the purpose of clarity, the elaborate Contents Areas of key functions on which the Chamber provides services in Advocacy, Consulting, Capacity Building, Research & Technical Information, and Legal Support among others focuses on:

  1. SHIPPING
    • Tramping
    • Terminal Operations
    • Stevedoring Services
  2. LOGISTICS AND MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT
  3. PORTS AND HARBORS
    • Dredging
    • Hydrography
    • Pollution
    • Channel Management
    • Pilotage
    • Towage
  4. SHIP BUILDING & REPAIRS
  5. INTERNATIONAL TRADE
  6. MARITIME AND COMMERCIAL LAW
  7. MARINE ENGINEERING AND MARINE NAVIGATION
  8. MARINE INSURANCE AND P&I
  9. NAUTICAL SURVEY
  10. MARINE ARCHITECTURE
  11. MARITIME TRAINING
  12. SEAFARING
  13. MARITIME REGULATIONS
  14. SHIP FINANCE
  15. SHIP BROKERING
  16. SHIP SUPPLIES
  17. MARITIME PUBLICATIONS
  18. PORT INFRASTRUCTURE
  19. PORT MANAGEMENT
  20. PORT CHARGES AND REVENUE GENERATION
  21. MARITIME COMMUNITY RELATIONS