......AS C4I CENTRE IS OFFICIALLY COMMISSIONED
The Nigerian maritime industry witnessed a landmark moment with the recent commissioning of the Command, Control, Computer Communication and Information Centre, otherwise known as the C4i Centre, of the Deep Blue Project at the NIMASA Maritime Research Development facility in Kirikiri, Lagos.
The commencement of operations, on a 24 hour basis, at the all new C4I Base enables tactical and strategic decisions for the operational workflow of all platforms which make up the system to be centralized thereby maximising the efficiency of the system.
The Centre is equipped with alert setting capabilities, Coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS) and SAT AIS signals from all over the world and access to international security network databases with the ability to monitor vessels movement as far back as six years prior.
Recall that the Deep Blue Project initiative is geared towards ensuring safety and security within the country's maritime domain and would be operated by specially trained personnel drawn from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and officers of NIMASA.
The project also involves the use of special mission aircraft, special mission vessels, armored Vehicles and a 350 man maritime security intervention unit for effective manning of the Nigerian maritime domain.
The DG who was represented at the commissioning by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed disclosed that the Deep Blue Project initiative was designed to enhance safety of lives at sea, enforce implementation of maritime regulations, and prevention of illegal activities in the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ, the Niger Delta black water area and inland waterways.
CHINWEIZU CHIDI AMUTA