Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by Zircon Marine No Comments

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) have asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to strike out a suit accusing them of violating the Cabotage Act.

A former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director-General, Temisan Omatseye, through his firm, Polmaz Ltd, had asked the court to direct NNPC and PPMC to cancel all contracts with foreign flagged vessels operating in Nigeria’s coastal waters without licence.

The plaintiff had also urged the court to direct the defendants, except NIMASA, to pay fines stipulated in the Cabotage Act for their alleged violation of the law. Polmaz said NNPC and PPMC engaged the vessels in domestic coastal trade witho

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