The federal government has extended the phase out date of the use of single hull vessels in the country amid rising controversy.
In response to the world global maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) directive, the government had fixed December 31, 2015 as the deadline for member nations to phase out single hull vessels.
With the new extension, single hull tankers are permitted in Nigeria’s territorial waters until December 31, 2020.
Nigeria’s apex maritime regulatory authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), while dropping the hint in Lagos, said the new date will give opportunity for those who own or operate single hull vessels to make the desired changes.
The agency in a statement issued in Lagos and signed by the Deputy Director and Head, Public Relations, Isiche Osamgbi, stated that the decision was taken in line with the provision of the IMO, which allows member states, who do not have the capacity to replace their existing single hull tanker fleet to extend the phase out date of certain categories of tankers in their countries.