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Requirements for the Issuance of Cabotage Waiver

GENERAL STAKEHOLDERS CONFERENCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION AND GOV. Sections 9 – 11 of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act, 2003 states that to participate in the Cabotage trade a vessel must be registered under one of the following categories;
Wholly Nigerian Owned:
  1. Relevant Cabotage application forms
  2. Certificate of Nigerian Registry
  3. Detailed crew list
  4. Certificate of minimum safe manning
  5. Evidence of registration of company with NIMASA
  6. Certified true copies of form CAC 2 and CAC 7
Bare Boat Charter Vessel:
  1. Relevant Cabotage application forms
  2. Certificate of Registry
  3. Detailed crew list
  4. Certificate of minimum safe manning
  5. Charter-party agreement
  6. Memorandum and article of association
  7. Certificate of incorporation
  8. Current tax clearance certificate
  9. A certified true copy from CAC2, CAC7
  10. Evidence of registration of the company with NIMASA
Cabotage Licence For Foreign Vessels:
  1. Application form
  2. Copy of certificate of registry
  3. Declaration of ownership certificate
  4. Completed crew declaration form
    Cabotage licence
  5. Certificate of tonnage measurement
  6. Passenger ship safety certificate
  7. Cargo ship safety certificate
  8. Ship safety equipment certificate
  9. Certificate of minimum safe manning
  10. International safety management certificate
  11. Load line certificate
  12. Survey certificate
  13. Safety radio certificate
  14. Classification certificate
  15. Copy of current certificate of vessel insurance
  16. Certificate of incorporation
  17. Memorandum and article of association
  18. Certified true copy (CTC) of forms CAC7 and CAC2
  19. Current tax clearance certificate
  20. Evidence of registration of shipping company with NIMASA
  21. Proof of payment of registration fees
  22. Undertaking to train a prescribed number of Nigerian cadets.
Requirements for the Processing of 2% Surcharge on Contract Performed:
  1. Charter party agreement (CPA)
  2. Invoices on contracts performed
  3. Cargo Manifest and Bill of Lading for billing on Coastal Product Tankers
  4. Self-assessment (above applicable)
Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) Procedures/Requirement for Applications:

The underlisted are required by the applicants seeking for CVFF loan:
Section 3.2 of the CVFF Guidelines specifically state that only Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian citizens as defined by the Act shall be eligible to apply and benefit from the scheme.
To qualify for loan or guarantee under the scheme, in addition to any other requirements set out in the fund or NIMASA, an applicant shall: 
(a)  Prepare suitable feasibility reports which shall be subject to independent verification by NIMASA and the PLIs;
(b)  Pay all registration fees, e.g. registration as a shipping company with NIMASA Cabotage registration etc, and Nigerian flag;
(c)  Provide acceptable equity participation as required for each project application;
(d)  Satisfactory managerial and operational ability;
(e)  Agree with the Primary Lending Institution (PLIs) in the involvement in the loan requested
(f)  Provide acceptable security/collateral.
(g) Provide other requirements the fund may demand. 

The applications should include and not limited to:

  • Name of the company
  • Address of company/E-mail
  • Year of incorporation/registration number
  • Amount and tenure of the loan
  • Number/type/size of the vessel to be procured
  • Other cabotage investment(specify)
  • Company share capital
  • Level of maritime activities
  • Number of vessels owned
  • The existing contract with international oil companies if any
  • Benefits of investment to Nigerian cabotage regime Maximum of  USD25m
  • Indicate preferred PLIs (Bank)
  • Ten copies of applications forwarded to be submitted to the office of the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency 4, Burma Road Apapa, Lagos.
2% Analysis Unit:
Joint Venture Vessel:
  1. Relevant Cabotage application forms
    Certificate of Registry
  2. Detailed crew list
  3. Certificate of minimum safe manning
  4. Evidence of registration of company with NIMASA
  5. A certified true copy of form CAC 2 and CAC 3
  6. Joint venture agreement
  7. Certificate of incorporation
  8. Memorandum and article of association
  9. Current tax clearance certificate
Foreign Owned:
(as classified in the three groups viz 1, 2, 3 Ref: Pg. 28-31 of the Cabotage Implementation Guidelines based on gross tonnage.): Documents required are:
  1. Relevant Cabotage application forms
  2. Certificate of Registry
  3. Detailed crew list
  4. Certificate of minimum safe manning
  5. Customs TI
  6. Memorandum and Article of Association
  7. Certificate of Incorporation
  8. Current tax clearance certificate
  9. Certified true copy of form CAC2 and CAC3
Requirements For Renewal Of Waivers:
  1. Formal Letter of Application by the owner or authorized representative
  2. Completed Cabotage Waiver application Forms on oath in a Federal High Court
  3. Cabotage Affidavit Form
  4. Foreign Certificate of Registry FOR FOREIGN Vessels, Nigerian Ship
  5. Registry Certificate for Joint Venture,
  6. Bareboat and Wholly Nigerian Owned category.
  7. Detailed Crew List duly signed and stamped by the Master
  8. Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
  9. Certificate of Incorporation
  10. Memorandum and Articles of Association
  11. CAC 2 & CAC 7 for Wholly Nigerian
  12. Owned Vessel(s), specifying a share capital of not less than N25Million
  13. CAC 2 & CAC 3 for Joint Venture/Bareboat/Foreign Vessel(s), specifying a share capital of N25Million
  14. Current Tax Clearance Certificate
  15. Evidence of registration as a Shipping Company with NIMASA
  16. Evidence of 2% Surcharge payment
  17. Evidence of Nigerian Cadet Training
  18. Evidence of Dry-Docking (If applicable)
  19. Copy of Survey Report for newly imported Vessels
  20. Joint Venture agreement for joint Venture application only.
  21. Bareboat Charter agreement for
  22. Bareboat charter specifying a period of five (5) years and above
  23. Bill of sale or evidence of ownership for wholly Nigerian owned vessels or
  24. Nigeria Ship registry Certificate
  25. Completed Maritime Labour Declaration Form
Checklist Of Documents Expected On-board A Coastal Vessel:
  1. Vessel Log Book
  2. Vessel Port of Call
  3. Vessel Particulars (registry certificates, Safety Equipment
  4. Certificates, Safe manning
  5. Certificates, Builders certificate, Load line Certificates, Tonnage Certificates, Radio Certificate, Insurance Certificates, Classification Certificates, Passenger Ship Safety Certificate, Survey Certificate, Cargo
  6. Ship Safety Certificate.
  7. Waiver Certificate/ Receipts
Trade And Development Unit:


Documents required for the release of a detained vessel are:

  1. Letter of undertaking by defaulting owner/operator to comply with the Cabotage Act
  2. Receipt of payment for relevant waiver fees and 2% surcharge Release order
Finance Unit:


  1. Collect Demand/Debit Note and Draft from Cabotage Department
  2. Collect and complete a PAF from Financial Services Department (it should be checked, stamped and registered)
  3. Make payment to designated bank
  4. Present evidence of payment from the bank to Financial Services department and obtain a receipt on confirmation of payment from the bank.