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Nigeria bars vessels without ISPS Code from its seaports

15 June 2014, 19:43

Lagos - The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it will no longer allow vessels, which have no International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) requirement to berth at the nation’s seaports.

 Managing Director of the authority, Habib Abdullahi, stated this on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the directive took effect from June 12.

He noted that all vessels are required to meet requirements of ship security plan equivalent to Level 2, as defined in the ISPS Code.

He said the directive was part of security measures to ensure that all ships entering the seaports or port terminals complied strictly with the ISPS Code.

He further said NPA had concluded the process of acquiring additional security equipment to ensure safety and security at the nation’s seaports.

"All the newly acquired security equipment are expected to be in place before the end of September,’’

"X-ray and Scanning security equipment would soon be deployed to selected port locations in the Western and Eastern Ports.

He said that the equipment would be in Apapa, Tin Can Island, Rivers, Onne, Calabar and Delta ports.

-      NAN

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