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Nigeria - Register of Cabotage Vessels and Ship Owning Companies

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The applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:

  • Obtain and complete the form for registration in special register for Cabotage (wholly Nigerian owned vessel). Application form must be accompanied with:
    • Certificate of Nigerian Ship Registry
    • Cabotage Affidavit Form
    • Crew List Declaration
    • Applicable Waiver Certificate
    • Evidence of payment of fees
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Memorandum and Article of Association
    • Certified True Copy (CTC) of Form CAC7 and CAC2
    • Current Tax Clearance Certificate
    • Evidence of registration of shipping company with NIMASA.
  • Application shall be processed only where vessel documentation in the Flag Register is current and valid.
  • Applicants shall be asked to supply additional documentation where such are not contained in the vessels file in the Flag Register.
  • Special register for cabotage(Bareboat chartered vessel)
  • Vessels and companies eligible for registration
  • Vessel already registered in the Bareboat Register of the Nigerian Ship Registry and shipping company registered in Nigeria and Shipping Company registered with NIMASA.

Where full control and management of vessel and company is vested in Nigerian citizens and the shipping company is 100 per cent beneficially owned by Nigerian citizens and Vessel is crewed by Nigerian seafarers and officers and vessel is built in Nigeria, vessel and company granted Ministerial Waiver on (d) and or (e) as the case may be.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Copy of certificate of incorporation;
  • CTC of Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • CTC of Form CAC 7 (Particulars of Directors);
  • CTC of Form CAC 2 (Allotment of Shares) (Share capital should not be less than N25,000,000.00 (twenty five million Naira);
  • Current tax clearance certificate;
  • Bank statement or reference letter; and
  • Duly completed declaration of ownership form

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Director General,

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

Maritime House, 4 Burma Road Apapa,

Lagos, Nigeria.

Phone: +23412790622


NIMASA Head Office

Maritime House

4, Burma Road, Apapa

PABX: 5804800 - 4 Tel: 01 453 1466



ICT Contact


Phone: 08072894437


2 River Benue Street,

Off Ibrahim Babangida Way,

Maitama, Abuja, FCT.


Western Zone Office

88, Marine Road,


Tin-Can Island Port Office

NPA Commercial Building,

Tincan Island,Lagos.

Apapa Port Office

Atlantic House

2, Wharf Road,


Search & Rescue Base Clinic (SARBC)

3, Azare Crescent,Apapa GRA,


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The following are persons eligible to register a Nigerian Vessel:

  • Nigerian Citizens;
  • Duly registered Nigerian Companies;
  • Such other persons as may be permitted by the Minister for Transport


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Valid for 5 years

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing takes 1-3 months

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  • A vessel is not eligible to be registered under the Act unless owned wholly by qualified persons, i.e., body corporate registered and owned by Nigerian citizens.
  • In the case of a national carrier, a maximum of forty per cent equity ownership by non-Nigerians is permitted. The maximum age of vessels for registration, according to the office of the new Government Inspector of Shipping (GIS), is ten years.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of ship ;
  • Time and place of purchase;
  • Name of master;
  • Best particulars in respect of tonnage, building and description of the ship;
  • Bill of sale;
  • Deletion certificate;
  • Evidence of P&I (protection and Indemnity)insurance cover of the vessel ;
  • Curving and marking sign of the vessel;
  • Certificate of Tonnage measurement;
  • Application for approval of vessels name; and
  • International tonnage certificate.
  • Name and address of Ship managers;
  • Condition survey report and tonnage measurement certificate;
  • Certificate of carving and marking note of the ship;
  • Call sign certificate;
  • Load line certificate;
  • Evidence of ability or experience of the purchasers to operate and maintain ship; and
  • Log book of the vessel.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Vessel already licensed in the Nigerian Ship Registry and shipping company/agent registered in Nigeria;

  • Shipping company/agent must be registered with NIMASA.
  • Vessel and Shipping Company wholly owned by nationals of other country
  • Vessel and Shipping Company jointly owned by nationals of other country and Nigerian nationals where equity ownership by Nigerian nationals is less than 60 per cent

It is mandatory for every vessel and shipping company engaged in coastal shipping must be registered in the relevant register. Vessels already registered in the Nigerian Ship Registry, which intends to participate in the coastal trade, must also be registered in the relevant cabotage register.

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