Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it has installed a new digital security technology to track ships and secure the country’s waterways.
NPA says the Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence System (CCCIS), a security technology now enables it to track, record and deliver ships’ movements within Nigeria’s ports domain.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“This technology will enable the Nigerian Ports Authority, not just to generate adequate revenue, but also to ensure that all revenue leakages are blocked, in furtherance of the Federal Government efforts towards revitalising our economy,” the NPA MD says.[/quote]Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, says at the commissioning of the NPA CCCIS in Lagos that the technology will boost Nigeria’s security and ensure increased revenue from the maritime sector.
According to the Minister, the CCIS technology is equipped with “long and short range video surveillance monitoring systems and other software applications which are in line with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code.”
He says “the conceptualisation, development and installation of the CCCIS by the NPA will in no small way promote the ratings of our Ports, by the IMO.”
He also assures the international community that Nigeria as an IMO member remains committed to upholding the thrust of the body in the areas of safety, security, environmental protection and trade facilitation.
The Federal Government will also collaborate with the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ensure adequate security within Nigeria’s waterways, he adds.
“With the installation, maritime activities within and beyond the six Nigerian Ports of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Onne, Warri can now be meticulously monitored simultaneously in Lagos. This achievement is a remarkable milestone in the development of the Nation’s Port operational system.”
He says the development of the facility began in 2013 to provide business intelligence for the movement of vessels and cargoes, as well as providing improved and secured communications within Nigeria’s waterways. ”This project is expected to lead to enhancement of efficiency within the nation’s seaports”, the Minister said.
Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of NPA, adds that with this new facility, NPA will play active roles to digitally ensure collaboration among other agencies, using the capability of an interface with other relevant stakeholders, to track as well as record maritime security breaches.
“This technology will enable the Nigerian Ports Authority, not just to generate adequate revenue, but also to ensure that all revenue leakages are blocked, in furtherance of the Federal Government efforts towards revitalising our economy,” the NPA MD says.
“Let me reiterate that in the days ahead, NPA will be playing pro-active roles in the digital space, ensuring that there is synergy and collaboration among relevant agencies such as Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and other security and intelligence agencies, for the purpose of sharing information, documentation to enhance maritime safety, security; as well as block revenue leakages,” she adds.
According to the NPA MD, “it is pertinent to note that this project comprises of the Marine Operational Centre (MOC), which will enable the actual monitoring of vessels: the Network Operations Centre (NOC) which is the support; and infrastructure database, that stores all information, including recorded videos.”