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‘How we prevented sea importation of virus’

By Lucas Ajanaku


The Director-Basic, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, mentioned the company, by means of proactive measures, prevented the importation of coronavirus into the nation by means of sea commerce.

Jamoh, who spoke on the weekend through webinar on an event tagged ‘Day of the Seafarer’, mentioned the seafarers face loads of challenges in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, together with stringent work situations in some international locations, motion restrictions, lockdowns, crew change difficulties, fatigue and seasickness, and disruption of contracts.

He mentioned: “We issued COVID-19 tips to incoming ships in direction of making certain that there isn’t any importation of the virus by sea. NIMASA was the primary in West Africa to concern a COVID-19 marine discover.

“As a regulator, we’ve taken steps to alleviate the struggling of the seafarers. NIMASA was among the many first authorities companies to declare seafarers as being on important responsibility, and we revealed this in a marine discover.

The NIMASA chief mentioned there are insurance policies to enhance the standard of coaching and certification of seaferes, in addition to for his or her remuneration.

The session featured native and worldwide participation, with the important thing speaker and advisor at Transbasin Restricted, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Karen Ogidigben Onimisi, and Nigerian Labour Attaché on the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO) in Switzerland, Essah Aniefiok Etim, calling for higher welfare and help for seafarers.

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He mentioned: “Insurance policies are within the pipeline to enhance the standard of coaching and certificates we give to the seafarers. We’re taking steps to standardise the curriculum of our coaching establishments in step with worldwide requirements.

We’re additionally engaged on growing the remuneration of our seafarers. These insurance policies can be introduced as quickly as we full work on them.”

He mentioned seafarers had been among the many most brave folks on the planet, stressing that the theme for this 12 months’s Day of the Seafarer, “Seafarers are key employees,” is a “testomony to the truth that the world can not do with out seafarers.

Seafarers maintain the important thing to humanity’s survival on a day-to-day foundation; they maintain the important thing to our wellbeing on this time of COVID-19 interval.”

Jamoh lauded the seafarers for sustaining the worldwide provide chain, distributing urgently wanted medical provides with monumental threat to their lives and households.

“The seafarers are unsung heroes; they’re additionally our invisible heroes. We see their handwork on a regular basis and in all places in agricultural equipment, the meals we eat, and the unbroken run of the manufacturing base, regardless of the worldwide lockdown.

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“We problem ship-owners and employers of seafarers to take obligatory proactive measures to reduce the pains of seafarers.

“We additionally walked in lockstep with the IMO (worldwide Maritime Organisation) to tailor all our marine notices within the early interval of COVID-19 in direction of supporting the extension of the validity of seafarers’ certificates, crew change, tips, process and their designation as important employees.

“It’s mentioned an excellent sailor weathers the storm he can not keep away from; COVID-19 was a storm Seafarers couldn’t keep away from. As tried and examined seamen and ladies, our seafarers have continued to climate this storm for us. We have a good time you right now.

Nigeria thanks you, the world appreciates you, NIMASA as a regulator won’t ever abandon you. We’ll help you all the way in which,” he mentioned.

Karen, who’s Director, Maritime Sector Guide at Transbasin Restricted, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, urged the worldwide group to render  help to seafarers, particularly in the course of the  pandemic.

She recommended NIMASA for supporting seafarers in the course of the pandemic and emphasised the necessity for the nation to develop post-pandemic measures to make the nation’s seafarers internationally marketable and aggressive.

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Karen mentioned: “Seafarers are a part of the worldwide provide chain and may have entry to shore depart at ports in accordance with international rules.

There may be additionally a necessity to have a look at improved methods to mitigate the challenges that COVID-19 has introduced earlier than us, commencing with digitalisation of our processes, together with native coaching and licensing of Nigerian seafarers.”

Etim, who’s ILO Nigerian Labour Attaché, Everlasting Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in Switzerland, searched for higher working situations for seafarers.

He urged higher alternatives to make their voices heard, saying they need to be inspired by means of acceptable rewards and compensations.

As a part of the actions marking the day, NIMASA donated to the seafarers objects that included important commodities,  Private Protecting Gear (PPE), facemasks, and hand sanitisers.

The Day of the Seafarer, marked June 25 yearly worldwide, is a day put aside by the Worldwide Maritime Organisation (IMO) to have a good time seafarers and recognise their invaluable contribution to the worldwide economic system.

This 12 months’s digital occasion, themed, “Seafarers are Keyworkers”, held through WebEx, particularly attracts consideration to the essential position and challenges of seafarers within the COVID 19 interval.

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