As part of effort to effectively guarantee the safety of ferry passengers in Lagos State, the joint regulatory task forces of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) have jointly issued an operational standing order to commercial boat operators in the state.
According to the new guideline issued on Tuesday, signed by the General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel and the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA, Engr. Sarat Braimah, all double engine (Four stroke engine) driven boat are to revert to pre Covid-19 full capacity as approved based on inspection while all two stroke single engine driven boat are to maintain maximum of 75% pre-Covid capacity as approved based on inspection.
However, with effect from January 1, 2021, all operators utilizing tiller handle on the outboard engines for steering/maneuvering T-Long Boat (open) and W23 boats (open) are requested to procure and mount a Hydraulic Steering System on the boats for improved safety and better maneuvering while all operators utilizing Helm Steering System are also requested to procure and mount a Hydraulic Steering System on the boats for improved safety and better maneuvering.
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