nigerian maritime law



The objective of the Cabotage Act is primarily to reserve the commercial transportation of goods and services within Nigerian coastal and inland waters to vessels flying the Nigerian flag and owned by persons of Nigerian citizenship.


NIMASA is to administer by implementing the Act by:


  1. Encouraging indigenous shipping lines to participate in Coastal and Inland Trade  
  2. Administering Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)  
  3. Enlightening and sensitizing would-be investors in the Cabotage Trade through seminars, conferences, workshops etc  
  4. Maintaining a Registry of Vessels for Cabotage Trade
  5. Registering ships onwed by indigenous shipping lines to participate in the Nation’s Cabotage trade.  

The Cabotage Office registers all types of vessel engaged in the inland waterways trade in accordance to: 


  • Merchant Shipping Act 2007  
  • Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003
  • Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Bareboat Registration) Regulations 2006  
  • Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Detention of Ships) Regulations 2006  
  • Guidelines on Implementation of Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003


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