The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said it has put in place a fully digital manifest management regime for all vessels calling at all Nigerian ports.
Physical transactions regarding navigation certificates and handling cargo manifests are completely phased out, as stakeholders are encouraged to fully embrace the agency’s initiative by visiting the NIMASA portal.
In a statement, NIMASA chief executive Dr Bashir Jamoh said the automation is aimed at further reducing human interactions, improving efficiency and stopping revenue leakage.
According to him, “in accordance with the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business Decree, we are committed to improving vessel turnaround time, reducing human interface in the majority of our transactions with our stakeholders and so on. is in our desire to ensure transparency. and the professionalism the sector needs to develop.
“We have improved our operational relations with our sister agencies, as we speak we are now transmitting the navigation authorization for vessels to the NPA electronically. We also receive and process manifests electronically. This has improved efficiency leading to an improvement in the turnaround time of ships calling at ports across the country.
“At present, we have ensured that the manifest submission and handling process is reduced from 72 hours to 5 hours for VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers) and large container ships when it would only take two hours or less for small vessels), you would agree with me that this is a marked improvement and its work is still in progress, ”said Jamoh.
He noted that the benefits that would flow from the full digitization of all agency processes that are expected to be completed by 2022 would be enormous not only for stakeholders, “but for the country as a whole, including helping to improve the trade balance and improve commercial shipping activities in Nigeria.