Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency


Maritime House. No. 4, Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos.


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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is the apex regulatory and promotional maritime agency. The Agency was created from the merger of National Maritime Authority and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (former parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport) on the 1st August 2006. The obligation of regulating the Maritime industry in Nigeria rests on the Agency through the relevant instruments :-

  1. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act. 2007.
  2. Merchant Shipping Act. 2007.
  3. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003

The Agency was established primarily for the administration of Maritime Safety Seafarers Standards and Security, Maritime Labour, Shipping Regulation, Promotion of Commercial Shipping and Cabatage activities, Pollution Prevention and Control in the marine environment, the Agency also implements domesticated International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions.


  • Pursue the development of shipping and regulatory matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers.
  • Administration and regulation of shipping licenses.
  • Administration, Regulation and Certification of Seafarers.
  • Establishment of Maritime Training and Safety Standards
  • Regulation of safety of shipping as regards the construction of ships and navigation.
  • Provision of Maritime Search and Rescue Services
  • Provide direction and ensure compliance with vessels security measures
  • Carry out Air and Coastal Surveillance
  • Control and prevent Maritime Pollution
  • Develop and implement policies and programs, which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure.
  • Enhance and administer the provision of Cabotage Act. 2003
  • Perform Port and Flag State duties.
  • Provide Maritime Security.
  • Establish the procedure for the implementation of conventions of the International Maritime    Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and other international conventions to which the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a party on Maritime Safety and Security, Maritime Labour, Commercial Shipping, and for the implementation of Codes, Resolutions and Circulars arising there from.