NIMASA gets FEC’s approval for 3 projects, targets $1.1bn revenue 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved three Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects to be executed in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

Acting Head, Media&Publicity of the Commission, Manji Yarling, in a statement, said the projects would be under the regulatory guidance of the ICRC, and are projected to generate over $1,110,384,387 to the federal government during the concession period.

The projects: Eastern Offshore Waste Reception Facility, Central/Western Offshore Waste Reception Facility and a Floating Dry Dock, were approved by FEC following the issuance of Full Business Case Certificate of Compliance (FBC) by the PPP regulatory body, the ICRC.

According to the Director General of the ICRC, Michael Ohiani while issuing the FBCs for the Offshore Waste Reception Facilities (OWRF) projects, the move demonstrates the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to the environmental wellbeing of coastal communities as well as offshore fishermen.

The essence of the approvals by FEC for the OWRF is to put in place a standard facility for use in Nigeria international waters in compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 1973/1978.

The goal of the proposed partnership is to protect the offshore environment, provide a visible deterrent for offshore polluters from a surveillance point of view and reduce the current level of pollution to the benefit of offshore fishermen and coastal communities. 

The OWRF projects will essentially help keep the seas and oceans clean. Each Facility when completed would be adequate to fully meet the needs of ships and other installations regularly making use of the facilities; contribute to the improvement of the marine environment; allow for the ultimate disposal discharge of wastes from ships and other installations in an environmentally friendly way.

More details on the Eastern OWRF show that the Design, Finance, Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer (DFBOMT) PPP model will be adopted with XPO Marine Services Limited as the concessionaire for an initial period of 10 years.

“The projected total revenue from Eastern OWRF for the entire concession period due to the federal government based on revenue sharing ratios is $279,487,228.35.

“The projected total revenue for the entire concession period from the Central and Western zones due to the federal government based on the revenue sharing ratios is $765,289,988.

The concessionaire for the Central and Western OWRF is African Circle Pollution Waste Management Limited and the concession period is also 10 years.

Also approved by the Executive Council is a management contract to Operate, Maintain and Transfer (OMT) the Floating Dry Dock (FDD) of NIMASA. The FDD is for the repair of cabotage vessels.

The concessionaire, J. Marine Logistics Limited, is to manage the Modular/Floating Dry Dock for a period of 15 years.

Total revenue that would accrue to NIMASA for the concession period is N27,226,975,965, and when implemented fully, it is expected to create over 800 direct and indirect jobs.

Beyond revenue generation and job creation, the project would also build capacity and provide maintenance facilities for ships and boats.