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Search and Rescue Services

Medical Advice

Radio medical advice provides support in cases where an individual suffers either illness or an accident at sea. The advice is intended to complement the first aid training of the vessel’s crew and the written guidance available, for example in the Ship Captain’s Medical Guide.

In event of MEDICO the ship Captain or the crews will contact the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) by radio or telephone (+2348030685167, +2347053794383) that will link the distress vessel with NIMASA SAR base clinic for professional medical advice.

MRCC CONTACT DETAILS:

NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY

NO.4 BURMA ROAD, APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.        www.nimasa.gov.ng, info@nimasa.gov.ng

REGIONAL MARITIME RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE (RMRCC), NMRDC, KIRIKIRI APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

+2348030685167 (07000700010)

+2347053794383 (07000700030)

EMAIL ADDRESS

rmrcc.lagos@nimasa.gov.ng

GMDSS EQUIPMENT

VHF (DSC & RT): CH 70, 16

MF (DSC & RT): 2182 kHz, 2187.5 kHz

HF (DSC & RT):  MHz 8414,5 kHz 8291,0 kHz
Medical Evacuation

On ships, an emergency can occur at any time when at sea. Though as seafarers we’re all trained for emergency situations with regular drills, with limited resources, shore assistance may be needed (depending on the severity of the situation) for rescuing (medevac) or evacuating ship personnel(s) following a medical emergency.

In event of medical evacuation (MEDIVAC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency trained and qualified medical Doctors and Nurses to help in carrying out the MEDIVAC.

In event of MEDIVAC the ship Captain or the crews will contact the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) by radio or telephone (+2348030685167, +2347053794383).

 

MRCC CONTACT DETAILS:

NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY

NO.4 BURMA ROAD, APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.        www.nimasa.gov.ng, info@nimasa.gov.ng

REGIONAL MARITIME RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE (RMRCC), NMRDC, KIRIKIRI APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

+2348030685167 (07000700010)

+2347053794383 (07000700030)

EMAIL ADDRESS

rmrcc.lagos@nimasa.gov.ng

GMDSS EQUIPMENT

VHF (DSC & RT): CH 70, 16

MF (DSC & RT): 2182 kHz, 2187.5 kHz

HF (DSC & RT):  MHz 8414,5 kHz 8291,0 kHz
Response to Piracy and Arm Robbery

Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates.

The Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre will received distress alert from ship, either through radio or any of the GMDSS equipment or through SSAS alert from ships and response promptly by acknowledging the alert/message and do the initial investigation to confirm the distress from their coordinate with Nigerian Navy to assist the vessel in distress.

MRCC CONTACT DETAILS:

NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY

NO.4 BURMA ROAD, APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.        www.nimasa.gov.ng, info@nimasa.gov.ng

REGIONAL MARITIME RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE (RMRCC), NMRDC, KIRIKIRI APAPA LAGOS, NIGERIA.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

+2348030685167 (07000700010)

+2347053794383 (07000700030)

EMAIL ADDRESS

rmrcc.lagos@nimasa.gov.ng

GMDSS EQUIPMENT

VHF (DSC & RT): CH 70, 16

MF (DSC & RT): 2182 kHz, 2187.5 kHz

HF (DSC & RT):  MHz 8414,5 kHz 8291,0 kHz
Search and Rescue Services

Search and Rescue (SAR) services entail provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Safety Administration of Nigeria, has as part of its core responsibilities the discharging of SAR services to mariners within Nigerian waters.

In realisation of this obligation; Nigeria commenced the establishment of a MRCC, JRCC and RSCs at six locations along its coast in order to have a good coverage of its coastal waters.

  • The MRCC in Lagos has been established and commissioned and was commissioned by the former IMO Secretary General Efthymios Mitropulos on 27th May 2008.
  • A Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was also commissioned on May 27 2008 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
  • The RSCs Oron and Lokoja were also commissioned on May 2008, Mann by trained staff of the Agency and keeping 24 hours Radio Watch-keep.
Search and Rescue within Nigerian Search and Rescue Region

Nigeria is a signatory to all the major conventions dealing with maritime search and rescue and during the 2000 SAR Conference in Florence, Italy, Nigeria was designated as the head of one of the five Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (RMRCC) in Africa, the others being Morocco, Kenya, Liberia and South Africa.

The Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC) is entrusted with the responsibility of rendering Search and Rescue services to vessels and mariners in distress within Nigerian territorial waters. This responsibility is also extended beyond Nigeria by virtue of Nigeria’s designation as the Head of the West and Central African Search and Rescue Region (SRR), the in the Nigerian SRR are:

Benin Republic,

Cameroon,

Congo DR,

Congo Brazzaville,

Equatorial Guinea,

Gabon,

Togo,

Sao Tome & Principe and

Nigeria.