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Nigeria will soon begin online ship registration in a bid to have a world-class ship registry and enhance the ease-of-doing-business in the maritime sector.

Dakuku Peterside, head of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, told reporters in the commercial hub, Lagos, that the agency had already acquired software license for the automation of the Nigerian Ship Registry, which was rated by the International Maritime Organization as the second-largest in Africa, by tonnage.

Peterside said automation was the only way to boost the worth of the registry and quicken business processes.

“Our principal aim is to achieve online electronic registration, accept electronic copies of documents and issue electronic certificates,” the official said.

According to him, the agency had also made efforts to secure an internationally-competitive ship registry for the country, which include auditing the register of Nigerian vessels, redesigning and producing new ship registry certificates and others.

Nigeria, he added, was considering establishing a second register to help grow the Nigerian fleet and enhance the country’s role in international commercial trade. Enditem

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