NIMASA Holds Seafarers Certification Workshop in Lagos

NIMASA Holds Seafarers Certification Workshop in Lagos 

Kathy Kyari 

The success of the maritime industry, according to Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, depends on improving seafarers' wellbeing. 

He was addressing a session on "Seafarers' Medical Certification and Other Related Issues Concerning the Health of Nigerian Seafarers" organized by NIMASA in Lagos for seafarers, employers of seafarers, and other maritime stakeholders. 

Speaking at the occasion, the Agency's Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, who was represented by Hamisu Gambo, Head, Administration and Human Resources Department, emphasized the importance of seafarers' safety as the foundation of a successful and efficient maritime industry.

"the safety and well-being of seafarers is paramount in ensuring the smooth operation and success of the maritime industry. The ability to maintain high medical standards and certifications is not only a legal requirement but crucial to safeguarding the lives of those who dedicate their careers to the sea". He said. 

Dr. Jamoh continued by saying that the Agency had organized the meeting to make sure that Ship Owners, Labor Unions, Employers of Labor, and other interested parties were fully apprised on the subject of seafarers' medical certification. 

In his words, "This workshop has been meticulously curated to address the pressing concerns faced by rejection of medical certificates issued to seafarers by some facilities and to equip all with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the stringent medical requirements set forth by international maritime authorities".

The training included a variety of subjects, such as a thorough overview of medical fitness standards and guidelines, updates on the most recent medical advancements and guidelines, and understanding the medical examination process for seafarers. 

Additionally at the occasion, authorized doctors received medical screening papers, plaques, and certificates to help with the screening of seafarers. Networking between medical and marine professionals was made possible by the forum.

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