In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria made a bold attempt to change the face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003, Though designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.
The objective of the Cabotage Act is primarily to reserve the commercial transportation of goods and services within Nigerian coastal and inland waters to vessels flying the Nigerian flag and owned by persons of Nigerian citizenship.
Encouraging indigenous shipping lines to participate in Coastal and Inland
Trade Administering Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) Enlightening and sensitizing would-be investors in the Cabotage Trade through seminars, conferences, workshops etc
Maintaining a Registry of Vessels for Cabotage Trade Registering ships owned by indigenous shipping lines to participate in the Nation`s Cabotage trade.
- Merchant Shipping Act 2007
- Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003
- Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Bareboat Registration) Regulations 2006
- Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Detention of Ships) Regulations 2006
Guidelines on Implementation of
- Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003
Cabotage Office can be contacted:
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
Maritime House, 4 Burma Road Apapa,