NIMASA to ban vessels with high fuel sulphur levels


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said it would put a stop to vessels with high amount of sulphur in the fuel that allows for emission of carbon monoxide into the air from calling at the nation’s seaports, The Guardian reports.

Ships contribute to emissions of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and this contributes to climate change, and if not checked overtime, will have effects on the atmosphere and in turn on the environment.

NIMASA Director-General, Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos, said the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through Annex VI, has put a cap on the amount of sulphur and nitrogen dioxide emitted into the air and the amount of sulphur contained in the fuel a ship used and emitted to the air.

According to him, the penalty for vessels that violate the latest convention would be to be barred from calling at the nation’s seaports.