By Moses Ebosele –
The Federal Government has sought greater technical cooperation with the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO) as part of measures to enhance the performance of the country’s Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) system.
This request, according to a statement issued by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was made by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi when he visited the Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed in London recently.
The Minister, who expressed appreciation to the IMSO for its technical assistance to the country also observed that as a member state of IMSO, Nigeria has a Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) data centre operated by Pole Star.
He explained that Nigeria can benefit from greater collaboration with the IMSO to enhance the performance of the LRIT system.
The Minister also requested for further collaboration with the IMSO on the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre based in Nigeria and guidance on integrating Nigerian Maritime and Aviation Search and Rescue services.
According to the statement issued by NIMASA’s head of Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka, the Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed in his remark expressed his pleasure for hosting the Minister, and assured Nigeria of the cooperation of the IMSO.
Ahmed pledged to collaborate with the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in terms of staff training and update on new technology and equipment.
He also pledged the commitment of IMSO to offer guidance on the integration of the Maritime and Aviation Search and Rescue services in Nigeria.
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