In a bid to enhance foreign exchange earnings from shipping services, the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) is urging regulatory agencies in the maritime industry to prioritize the localization of ship husbandry. According to Captain Tajudeen Alao, President of NAMM, adopting a localized approach to ship husbandry would enable Nigerians to service vessels calling at Nigerian ports, thereby facilitating the generation of foreign exchange.

Alao emphasized that shipping agents often require pre-funding before the arrival of vessels, making it imperative for Nigerians to be involved in servicing these vessels and meeting their needs. He commended the recent relocation of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) headquarters to Victoria Island, Lagos, expressing optimism that this move would lead to improved service delivery.

The President of the Nigerian Licensed Ship Chandlers Association (NLSCA), Martins Enebeli, echoed the sentiments, highlighting the significant potential for ship husbandry services to contribute to Nigeria’s economy. Enebeli emphasized that Nigeria’s vast littoral strength presents ample opportunities for the country to harness ship chandelling and other allied services effectively.

Enebeli further explained that ship chandling involves supplying essential commodities such as food items, fresh water, and groceries to vessels and their crews. He stressed the need for proper regulation to ensure compliance with international standards while maximizing the economic benefits of ship chandling activities.

In light of these developments, stakeholders are calling for concerted efforts to enact relevant laws and regulations to regulate trade activities effectively. By harnessing the potential of ship husbandry services, Nigeria stands to create more jobs, empower local farmers, and significantly boost its foreign exchange earnings.

The push for localized ship husbandry reflects a broader commitment to leveraging Nigeria’s maritime resources for economic growth and development, ultimately positioning the country as a key player in the global shipping industry.

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