Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has finally taken delivery of its long-awaited multi-million dollar modular floating dock from Europe.
A floating dockyard is an equipment or platform that can be towed to a particular location, to allow a vessel to be floated in and drained to rest on a dry platform. It is used for the construction, maintenance and repair of ships, boats, and other watercraft.
The multi-million dollar ship repair equipment, built by Damen Shipyard and NIRDA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was supposed to have been completed and delivered in 2017.
Speaking with BusinessDay on Tuesday, Isichei Osamgbi, head, public relations unit of NIMASA, who confirmed the arrival of the modular floating dockyard, said the agency was perfecting plans to send an official statement on the arrival of dockyard to the media before the end of Tuesday.
The floating dockyard, said to be Africa’s fifth largest floating dockyard, measures 125 meters by 35 meters with three inbuilt cranes, transformers and other ancillary facilities.
Recall that during the last evaluation and inspection of the project in Netherlands in November 2016, by a delegation of National Assembly members together with NIMASA management, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the NIMASA, said that the modular floating dockyard would enhance ship repair capacity.
He said that it also has the potential of transforming Nigeria’s maritime industry, generating wealth and creating employment for Nigerians.
Industry stakeholders described the successful completion and arrival of the floating dock as big achievement for the present administration of NIMASA considering the huge economic benefits to the national economy.
“Currently, over 90 percent of the vessels operating in Nigeria carry out their dry docking jobs overseas, exporting jobs and the much needed foreign exchange at great cost to the country, but the completion and delivery of the dockyard will domesticate the formerly lost revenue,” Peterside said.