The NLNG Shipping and Marine Services Ltd. has hired over 600 seafarers in an effort to promote careers in the shipping industry. The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, made this announcement at the 2023 Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMWeek 2023) in Lagos. The event focused on the theme of “MARPOL at 50 – Pollution from Ships, Africa’s Commitment to Clean Oceans Seas, Inland Waters and the Marine Environment,” with MARPOL referring to the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships. Ahmed stated that NLNG encourages young people to explore the potential of the marine sector by providing employment opportunities.
Ahmed also mentioned that NLNG’s vessels are designed and built to comply with the standards set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the MARPOL Convention. The company has implemented systems to ensure full compliance with MARPOL regulations, including waste treatment and ballast water requirements. Ahmed emphasized the importance of understanding the implications and provisions of the MARPOL Convention and the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLA) for port operators, and called for industry players to drive compliance.
Mr Temisan Omatseye, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), stressed the need for professionalism in addressing ship pollution. He expressed concern that nepotism and lack of professionalism could hinder progress in the maritime sector. Omatseye urged Nigeria to have qualified individuals in key positions and to prioritize international postings to become international champions in the field.
The LIMWeek event serves as a platform for learning, networking, and expanding the scope of the maritime sector.
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