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Cabotage Services 

In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria made a bold attempt to change the face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003, Though designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.

The objective of the Cabotage Act is primarily to reserve the commercial transportation of goods and services within Nigerian coastal and inland waters to vessels flying the Nigerian flag and owned by persons of Nigerian citizenship.


Encouraging indigenous shipping lines to participate in Coastal and Inland
Trade Administering Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) Enlightening and sensitizing would-be investors in the Cabotage Trade through seminars, conferences, workshops etc
Maintaining a Registry of Vessels for Cabotage Trade Registering ships owned by indigenous shipping lines to participate in the Nation`s Cabotage trade.


The Cabotage Office registers all types of vessels engaged in the inland waterways trade in accordance to:

  1. Merchant Shipping Act 2007
  2. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003
  3. Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Bareboat Registration) Regulations 2006
  4. Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Detention of Ships) Regulations 2006
    Guidelines on Implementation of
  5. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003

Cabotage Office can be contacted:

Postal Address:

The Director-General,
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
Maritime House, 4 Burma Road Apapa,
Lagos, Nigeria.

Phone: +234-12790622
E-mail: cabotage@nimasa.gov.ng

Cabotage Services