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The Agency general derives its powers and functions from the following legal instruments:

  1. NIMASA Act 2007
  2.  Mechant Shipping Act 2007
  3. Cabotage Act 2003

These legal frame shape both the functions and structure of the Agency, distinct from its precursor organizations. Thus, in terms of nature and scope of statutory responsibility, NIMASA is the apex organisation saddled with huge responsibilities.

The NIMASA Act 2007 made it overly clear that the Agency is a “Maritime Administration”, hence it has responsibility to promote, regulate and administer public policies in the sector.

In summary, SS.22(1) of the NIMASA Act 2007 saddled the Agency with the responsibility of carrying out the following activities in pursuit of her statutory functions

Statutory Functions

  • Cabotage Implementation
  • Indigenous Capacity building (Human & Infrastructural)
  • Investment Promotion
  • Flag State Administration
  • Port State Control
  • Administration of Ship Registration
  • Wreck Receipt and Removal
  • Maritime Search and Rescue Operation
  • Survey and Certification of ships
  • Maritime Labour Administration
  • Maritime Security Administration
  • Marine Pollution Prevention and Control
  • Seafarer’s Standards and Training
  • Marine Environment Management
  • Marine Accident Investigation
  • Carry out air and coastal surveillance
  • Hydrographic surveys and charting of the marine domain
  • Interface Nigeria with the rest of the
  • International maritime community, and
  • Issuance and enforcement of Marine Notices on safety and marine environment matter

Legislative Services

  • Legislation & Legal Framework
  • Anti Corruption & Transperency Monitoring
  • International Seabed Association
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Guidelines on the Registration for National Carrier, Shipping Companies / Agents and Cabotage Operators