Ship Registration, Cabotage Trading and Inland Shipping in Nigeria

The Maritime activities in Nigeria are inter alia majorly regulated by the following laws:

i. The Merchant Shipping Act 2007;

ii. The Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003

iii. The Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act

iv. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act 2007, etc.

The Merchant Shipping Act is the primary law that governs the registration of ships in Nigeria and is
administered by the Nigerian Ship Registration Office (NSRO).1 The NSRO is a department in the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

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