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Procedure[edit]

The owner of the ship or his agent will submit a formal letter of application for registration of the ship inclusive of the following information and supporting documents:

1. Companys Particulars
  • Copy of certificate of Incorporation
  • CTC of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • CTC of Form CAC7 (Particulars of Directors)
  • CTC of Form CAC2 (Allotment of Shares) note that companys share capital should not be less than twenty five million Naira (N25m).
  • Companys current tax clearance certificate
  • Companys Bank statement or reference letter
  • Declaration of ownership form (to be issued by the Ship Registry)

It is important to note that in addition to the application for registration, the shipowner is expected to concurrently submit an application for survey and issuance of certificate of tonnage measurement to facilitate the flag survey of the vessel.

2. Vessel Particulars
  • Name of ship
  • Time and place of purchase
  • Name of Master
  • Best particulars in respect of the tonnage, build and description of the ship
  • Bill of sale or Builders certificate (evidence of title)
  • Condition survey report and tonnage measurement certificate as approved by the Minister
  • Certificate of carving and marking note of the ship
  • Call sign certificate
  • Load line certificate
  • Report of pre-purchase survey
  • Deletion certificate (if vessel is flagging in from a foreign flag, this is to avoid dual registration in line with Article 93(2) of UNCLOS 1982).
  • Certificate of approved plan issued by NIMASA for a newly built vessel in Nigeria only.
  • Applicant should liaise with NIMASA survey unit for flag state condition survey and issuance of Certificate of Tonnage Measurement.
  • Vessel class certificate (for conventional vessel only).
  • Payment of Registration fees
  • Evidence of insurance/P & I coverage


3. Owners Particulars
  • Full names, addresses and occupations of the purchaser of the ship.
  • Evidence of ability or experience of the purchasers to operate and maintain ship.
  • Log book of the ship to be inspected by the Registrar of ships.
  • In the case of second hand tonnage, a bill of sale with warranty against liens and encumbrances from the sellers.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient for operation and maintenance of the ship

The registration forms may be downloaded on this website http://www.nimasa.gov.ng/service.php?id=30&type=sub&catId=8 or obtained from the Nigerian Ship Registration Office.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Log book of the ship to be inspected by the Registrar of ships.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient for operation and maintenance of the ship
  • Vessel class certificate.
  • Proof of Payment of Registration fees.
  • Deletion certificate.
  • Call sign certificate
  • Load line certificate
  • Bill of sale/Builders certificate (evidence of title)
  • Class certificate
  • Plan/specific approval of the new building.
  • Applicant certificate of incorporation
  • Applicant current company form CO7 with a share capital of N25 Million.
  • Applicant memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Applicant tax clearance certificate.
  • Vessel's insurance policy.
  • Bank reference letter
  • Picture of the Vessel showing hull and deck


Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

NIMASA Head Office

Maritime House

No 4, Burma Road, Apapa

PABX: 5804800 - 4 Tel: 01 453 1466

E-mail: info@nimasa.gov.ng

Website: http://www.nimasa.gov.ng

ICT Contact

E-mail: head.ict@nimasa.gov.ng

Phone: 08072894437


OTHER OFFICES

ABUJA OFFICE

2 River Benue Street,

Off Ibrahim Babangida Way,

Maitama, Abuja, FCT.

WESTERN ZONE OPERATIONS

Western Zone Office

88, Marine Road,

GRA,Apapa,Lagos.


Tin-Can Island Port Office

NPA Commercial Building,

Tincan Island,Lagos.


Apapa Port Office

Atlantic House

2, Wharf Road,

Apapa,Lagos.


Search & Rescue Base Clinic (SARBC)

3, Azare Crescent,Apapa GRA,

Apapa,Lagos.



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Eligibility[edit]

The Merchant Shipping Act 2007 provides that the following are persons eligible to register Nigerian Ships:

a. Nigerian citizens
b. Bodies corporate established under and subject to Nigerian laws, having their principal place of business in Nigeria
c. Such other persons as the Minister of Transport may by regulations prescribe



Fees[edit]

On Initial Registry and Transfer of Registry

Ship of 500 GMT and under N1000.00

500 GRT but under 700 GRT N2500.00

700G RT but under 1,000 GRT N3500.00

1,000 GRT but under 2,000 GRT N5000.00

For every 500 tonnes or part of 500 tonnes In excess of 2,000 tonnes N200



Validity[edit]

Valid for a 5 year validity period.



Documents to Use[edit]

http://nimasa.gov.ng/pdfs/registrationofship.pdf


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Processing Time[edit]

Processing take 3-6 months


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Instructions[edit]

The crew must be 100 per cent Nigerian citizens, as must 75 per cent of shipboard officers, including the captain, the chief naval officer and, where possible, the chief engineer.

  • The owner of the ship or his agent can submit a formal letter of application for registration of the ship.
  • Application for registration, the shipowner is expected to concurrently submit an application for survey and issuance of certificate of tonnage measurement to facilitate the flag survey of the vessel.
  • It is mandatory for vessels of all types to have manning certificates, and a Safety Management Certificate and Document of Compliance in conformity with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code issued by the MID.
  • All officers and crew are expected to have certificates of competency issued by the GIS, which currently issues certificates only for domestic trade, in conformity with the International Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978. Plans are afoot to implement STCW 1995.



Required Information[edit]

  • Information on the type of the ship.
  • Information on the method of propulsion of the ship
  • information on the length, depth and breadth of the ship.
  • Information on the year of build
  • Information on the tonnage of the vessel.
  • Former names of the vessel.
  • Former name of registry office Number
  • information on principal material used for constructing the vessel.
  • IMO registration Number
  • The classification society
  • Builders certificate.
  • Complimentary card of each of the directors with contact telephone numbers,fax line and email address
Companys Particulars
  • Copy of certificate of Incorporation
  • CTC of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • CTC of Form CAC7 (Particulars of Directors)
  • CTC of Form CAC2 (Allotment of Shares) note that companys share capital should not be less than twenty five million Naira (N25m).
  • Companys current tax clearance certificate
  • Companys Bank statement or reference letter
  • Declaration of ownership form (to be issued by the Ship Registry)



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Need for the Document[edit]

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is the apex regulatory and promotional maritime agency. The Agency was created from the merger of National Maritime Authority and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (former parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport) on the 1st August 2006.

The obligation of regulating the Maritime industry in Nigeria rests on the Agency through the relevant instruments:-
i. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act. 2007.
ii. Merchant Shipping Act. 2007.
iii. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003

The Agency was established primarily for the administration of Maritime Safety Seafarers Standards and Security, Maritime Labour, Shipping Regulation, Promotion of Commercial Shipping and Cobatage activities, Pollution Prevention and Control in the marine environment, the Agency also implements domesticated International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions.

Core Functions

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA),an Authority that was created by the federal government of Nigeria to provide global best practices in the provision of maritime services in Nigeria. Their areas of focus include effective Maritime Safety Administration, Maritime Labour Regulation, Marine Pollution Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, Cabotage enforcement, Shipping Development and Ship Registration, Training and Certification of Seafarers, and Maritime Capacity Development.



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Core Functions
  • Pursue the development of shipping and regulatory matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers.
  • Administration and regulation of shipping licenses.
  • Administration, Regulation and Certification of Seafarers.
  • Establishment of Maritime Training and Safety Standards
  • Regulation of safety of shipping as regards the construction of ships and navigation.
  • Provision of Maritime Search and Rescue Services
  • Provide direction and ensure compliance with vessels security measures
  • Carry out Air and Coastal Surveillance
  • Control and prevent Maritime Pollution
  • Develop and implement policies and programs, which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure.
  • Enhance and administer the provision of Cabotage Act. 2003
  • Perform Port and Flag State duties.
  • Provide Maritime S



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