• Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

NIMASA, Sternula Denmark Forge Partnership To Enhance Maritime Communication

In a significant move towards bolstering maritime communication, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sternula Denmark. The collaboration focuses on the implementation of a full-scale Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange System (VDES) to facilitate enhanced vessel-to-vessel and land communication in Nigeria.

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR (right) and Head of Sales, Sternula, Denmark, Jacob Weibrent (left) signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on full-scale Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange System (VDES) space capabilities, while Danish Consul General in Nigeria, Jette Bjerrum (2nd left) and Head, Legal Services NIMASA, Aisha Idris-Yakubu look on during the MoU signing at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the Director General of NIMASA, signed the MoU on behalf of the agency, expressing optimism about the positive impact of this international partnership. Highlighting the importance of the initiative, Jamoh emphasized that it would not only improve the safety and security of navigation in Nigerian waters but also enhance the productivity of seafarers.

Describing the collaboration as a booster to NIMASA’s ongoing digitalization efforts, Jamoh stressed the significance of alternate communication channels for vessels in alignment with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR (right) and Head of Sales, Sternula, Denmark, Jacob Weibrent during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on full-scale Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange System (VDES) space capabilities at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.

Access to timely and quality information is crucial for viable seaborne transport, particularly in the era of the Blue Economy, according to Jamoh. He outlined the benefits of a well-digitalized system, including faster access to information, improved customer experience, increased productivity, lower operational costs, improved decision-making, enhanced information security, higher mobility, and automation of business processes.

The MoU, signed by Jacob Weibrent of Sternula and witnessed by the Danish Consul General to Nigeria, Jette Bjerrum, aims to establish VHF Data Exchange System connectivity via Sternula fleet micro-satellites. This initiative positions NIMASA as Africa’s leading Maritime Administration, facilitating seamless communication between shores and ships, ultimately enhancing safety at sea.

The technology involved, Sternula-1 and AIS 2.0 (VDES), introduces a new communication solution aligned with the global e-Navigation strategy. AIS 2.0 extends the capabilities of AIS by adding two-way data channels over VHF, enabling global communication for every ship equipped with a VHF antenna.

R-L: Head, Legal Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Aisha Idris-Yakubu; Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Chudi Offodile; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR; Head of Sales, Sternula, Denmark, Jacob Weibrent; Danish Consul General in Nigeria, Jette Bjerrum and Regional Partner Africa, Donald Wunich during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on full-scale Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange System (VDES) space capabilities at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos.

Osagie Edward, Assistant Director of Public Relations at NIMASA, shared insights into the collaborative efforts between NIMASA and Sternula, marking a pivotal step in advancing maritime communication capabilities in the region.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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