The Nigerian Ship Registration Office was established by S. 28 (2) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act 2007. The office is mandated to enter ships into the Central Ship Registry created by S. 16 (1) of the Nigerian Merchant Shipping Act 2007 and the Special Register for Vessels and Shipowning Companies engaged in Cabotage established by S. 22 of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003.
The office was initially under the office of the Government Inspector of Shipping, a ministerial department under the Nigerian Ministry of Transport until 2002 when the office of the Government Inspector of Shipping was subsumed under the then National Maritime Authority (now the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency).
The Ship Registry registers all types of vessel including fixed/mobile platforms and oil rigs, provided they are owned by persons who are by the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003 eligible to own Nigerian vessels.
All official Correspondence should be addressed to;
The Director General/CEO
Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency
4 Burma Road, Apapa,