The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has accredited Lagos-based International Maritime School (IMS) as a Maritime Labour Training Institution.
By the accreditation, IMS can now conduct training and certification on Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 as amended by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Prior to the NIMASA Certification, the IMS has been a licensed centre for the International Labour Organization (ILO) for Port Workers Development Programme (PDP) and a Maritime Labour Training and Education Institution. It is located at No 15b Awolowo Road Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria.
Reacting to the landmark accreditation, Founder and Chairman of International Maritime School, Dr Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, said it was the result of years of quality and world-standard curriculum of the institution.
“Since inception, the IMS has dedicated itself to meeting the needs of the global maritime labour market”, he said.
Dr Ramallan added that, with the NIMASA accreditation, Nigerians and foreigners in the maritime, oil and gas and shipping sectors can now be trained on the various specialized ILO Maritime Labour courses.
He explained that, “the new accreditation now allows professionals in the maritime and shipping sector the benefits of world-class training and certification”.
The IMS chairman, who is also the former Executive Chairman of the Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (JOMALIC) as well as the pioneer Chairman of NIMASA and the Vice President of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, expressed appreciation to NIMASA for the accreditation, even as he assured that International Maritime School will continue to maintain global standard.
By its certification, employees of agencies such as: Nigerian Ports Authourity, NIMASA, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, shipping companies, as well as dockworkers, seafarers, manning/crewing agents and ship owners can now obtain global certification within Nigeria.
Also qualified to attend the International Maritime School are: Admiralty lawyers, marine insurance service providers, stevedores, terminal operators, oil and gas sector workers and maritime reporters.