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Navigation Consultancy Services - FSA
Port of Lagos - Formal Safety Assessment

The FSA ‘Step’ structure employed was adapted from the International Maritime Organization’s methodology. It delivered a systematic process, aimed at enhancing maritime safety risk levels, including: protection of life; health; the marine environment; property; and revenue generation.

CARES Maritime Division was commissioned:

  • To design, conduct and report an inaugural, bespoke and independent audit FSA process for the port of Lagos. The methodology was based on the challenge statement - ‘to assist with keeping the main channel open to ocean-going commercial vessels’.
  • The Protection Function Impact Categories adopted were: People; Environment; Assets; and NPA Reputation/Business continuity.
  • To lead a Core Project Team that comprised primarily of Nigerian Ports Authority staff in order to generate FSA process ‘skills-transfer’.
  • The FSA delivered a total of c57 recommendations (Management & Operations, Procurement and Corporate processes) for NPA Executive consideration.

Project start: September 2014

Project completion: November 2015


Port of Lagos, Nigeria

Services Provided

Services Provided Included:

Provide: A bespoke step methodology that consisted:

  • Step 0 - Scoping (eg Gap analysis/‘as is today’ audit and customer engagement).
  • Step 1 - Hazard Identification (eg type and causes)
  • Step 2 - Risk Analysis (eg Risk Management software and Impact Categories).
  • Step 3 - Safeguard Identification (eg risk control measures).
  • Step 4 - Cost Benefit Analysis (eg multi or single benefits).
  • Step 5 - Observations and Recommendations.

Create: Bespoke Risk Management System software to compare and establish high, medium and low risk analysis statements based on ‘most likely’ and ‘worse case’ scenarios.

Provide: Routine and regular (Quarterly) project progress updates to NPA Executive.

Provide: A fully comprehensive final written report to highlight: the project observations, recommendations and where appropriate, offer potential ‘next step’ considerations