November 29, 2023

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NIMASA Digitalization Reduces Cargo Dwell Time by 98%

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The highly ambitious program of total digitalization of the entire operations, processes and procedures of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, with vessels sailing into Nigerian waters has begun yielding 95 and 98 per cent improvement respectively in various manifest management.

The total digitalization project scheduled for completion before the year 2022 runs out will, ultimately phase out physical transactions concerning the issuance of sailing certificates and cargo manifest processing thus bringing a total change to the erstwhile unsavoury narratives about cargo dwell time (CDT) in Nigeria.

A media statement by the regulatory agency urged all vessels calling at the nation’s seaports situated at Lagos, Warri, Calabar, Onne, and Port Harcourt to embrace the dedicated portal for filing their sailing certificates and cargo manifest processing respectively.

The statement signed by NIMASA’s Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr Edward Osagie, said in consonance with the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business, the agency had begun improving the turnaround time of vessels, reducing human interface in most of its transactions with stakeholders.

The Director-General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, was quoted to have revealed that NIMASA had started issuing sailing clearance for vessels to the NPA electronically and also received and process manifests electronically.
This he said had drastically reduced the time of processing manifests of Very Large Crude Carriers, VLCC, from 72 hours (three days) to 5 hours.

While processing of manifests for smaller vessels now takes about two hours yet these feats were described as work in progress.

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