NIGERIAN CABOTAGE: IT’S POLICY, PROBLEMS ANDPROSPECTSBy
EMMA O. OMUOJINE
B.Sc, LL.M, MBA, BL, FNIVS.
Cabotage otherwise known as coastal or coasting Trade involves carriage of goods (and passengers) within the territorial and inland waters of any nation state by ship or by ship and any other means of transportation from one place in thestate to another place or part of that state.
Black’s Law Dictionary (6
Edition) defined Cabotage as “The caring on of tradealong a country’s coast; the transport of goods or passengers from one port or place to another in the same country” The Webster Dictionary defined Cabotageas “ the navigation and involvement of ships in coastal waters; restriction of theuse of coastal waters and airspace by a country to its own domestic traffic”Following from the above definitions we can derive the meaning of “CabotageLaw” as the law reserving the coastal trade of a nation to vessels flying itsnational flag
Under Section 2 of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003Cabotage is defined copiously as
Ilogu, L. Chidi Esq. “ Memorandum On Proposed Cabotage Bill submitted To The Committee onTransport, House of Rep. Abuja 9
“Practical Implementation of Cabotage” being a paper presented at the NBA Conference Abuja 22