Contrary to the belief by some stakeholders that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG), prefers its vessels registered abroad, facts have emerged that the company which has a large fleet of ocean going ships, abandoned registration in Nigeria because of a substandard registry, Vanguard reports.
All vessels, according to the rules of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), are expected to register under a country of their choice, the maritime administrations in such countries in turn permit such ships to fly their flags. It was gathered that efforts by NLNG in the past to help the nation’s maritime authority, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to upgrade the registry were resisted.
The President of Nigeria Ship Owners Association (SOAN) Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, who confirmed the willingness of NLNG to fly the nation’s flag on its vessels, noted that the NLNG had engaged a consultant on ways of improving the nation’s registry but expressed regret that nothing has been done with the report after over three years. The SOAN president added that the nation’s flag administration is very weak and therefore not attractive to Nigerian ship owners and the international maritime community.