Ship wreck removal comes under scrutiny

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to revisit procedure of wreck removal from Nigerian waters

Speaking at a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Director General of the agency, Dakuku Peterside explained that the proposed review is intended to enhance efficiency of the process.

He said:“NIMASA is working under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation to review wreck removal process in order to make Nigerian navigable waters safer for navigation by all. Once we get the consent of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, we will put out Marine Notice to that effect.”

A statement issued by the NIMASA’s  Head, Corporate Communication,

Isichei Osamgbi, quoted Dakuku as saying the Nairobi convention provides for the process via which a ship can be declared a wreck adding that the agency had been following the law diligently. 

The Nairobi Convention on wreck removal of 2007 states that if a ship is declared wreck, the country’s maritime administration should publish information to that effect.

The owner of the wreck is expected to remove it within a certain period and if they don’t, it is declared a wreck and the maritime administration can now remove it and the owners can pay surcharge and pick up the wreck.

Alternatively, the maritime administration can sell the wreck, dispose of the wreck, cover the money spent in getting the wreck out.

And if after a certain period nobody claims ownership of the wreck,
then it is forfeited to the maritime administration of the country.