Lagos - The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said that every vessel that plies the nation's waters must pay Sea Protection Levy (SPL).
Julian Gunwa, Director of the Marine Environment Management Department, confirmed this during a meeting with shipping companies in Lagos State. She said NIMASA was empowered to collect the levy.
"The Federal Government Official Gazette Number 158 Marine Environment Management Regulation 2012 empowers NIMASA to impose levies on all commercially operating vessels of 100 gross ton and above," she said.
She said any ship that defaults in the payment of the levies might be detained by NIMASA at any port or jetty until the levy was paid.
"SPL payable will be recovered in court by bringing legal action against the ship and its owner," she said.
Gunwa said all offshore installations would pay the offshore waste reception facility charges per annum ranging from one dollar to 1.50 dollars.
"Any violation committed to the non compliance of the offshore waste shall attract a fine of N10 million for individuals and N20 million for corporate bodies," she said.