Lagos — Indigenous Ship-owners Association of Nigeria, ISAN, Thursday in Lagos, urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, to grant national carrier status to the ISAN Shipping Line.
Chairman of ISAN, Dr. Isaac Jolapamo, said this would enable Nigerian ships to participate in lifting and transporting the nation's crude oil and engage in other international trades.
He said: "ISAN has fulfilled relevant conditions required for its conferment with the national carrier status. ISAN was set up to enable Nigerian ship owners participate effectively in the shipping of the nation's cargo
"The industry had been floundering like a rudderless ship for a very long time and we appear helpless. We are not only helpless but now spectators in an industry we should be calling the shots. This is the major challenge for the seasoned players who are dwindling by the day.
"The association met recently to adopt a constitution, which will enable it adapt to the demands of modern shipping practice and also accommodate all Nigerians who are playing active roles in the sector.
"We want to secure our maritime freedom and I implore every one of us to rise up to this challenge of moving this industry forward."