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June 13, 2024

NIMASA partners Melsmore Marine for floating dock relocation project

In a significant collaboration, Melsmore Marine Nigeria Limited has undertaken the responsibility of relocating the Modular Floating Dock of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Osagie Edward, NIMASA’s Assistant Director on Public Relations made the disclosure in a statement issued to newsmen.

Osagie disclosed, the floating dock, which is currently located at the Naval Dockyard, is set to find its new home at the Dolphine Jetty in Apapa, where it is expected to enhance maritime activities.

Mr. Danny Fuchs, the driving force behind Melsmore Marine, recently engaged with NIMASA’s management to discuss the intricate details of this relocation endeavor.

Their goal is to seamlessly transfer the Modular Floating Dock to the Dolphine Jetty, capitalizing on the opportunity presented by the vacancy left by the departing vessel THSD SEA LION.

“To ensure a smooth transition, Melsmore Marine has conducted a comprehensive feasibility study that includes an in-depth analysis of the necessary mooring system”

“The system comprises two colossal steel piles, each measuring 36 meters in length, 2 meters in diameter, and weighing approximately 48 tonnes. These hefty piles will need to be anchored about 20 meters into the seabed, requiring Melsmore Marine’s expertise and precision in execution”

“Moreover, Melsmore Marine intends to collaborate closely with Damen Shipyard, the manufacturers of the Modular Floating Dock, to guarantee its seaworthiness before the relocation process”

“This strategic partnership aims to ensure that the dock is fully operational and capable of supporting maritime trade, job creation, skill development, and training opportunities within Nigeria” Danny disclosed.

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the Director General of NIMASA, emphasized the potential of this project to contribute significantly to the country’s economy by generating revenue, attracting foreign investment, and nurturing local maritime institutions.

As Nigerians anticipate the deployment of this national asset, the success of this ambitious endeavor could mark a transformative chapter in Nigeria’s maritime industry.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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