Sea collision rules and damage liabilities in Nigeria
Nzeribe Ejimnkeonye Abangwu
Collision can be as a result of a physical impact between two ships or between a ship and other structures at sea which results in a damaging accident. Both local statutes and international conventions made provision for collision prevention rules. Collision can be prevented by adhering to the various regulations that can reduce collision at sea. Section 265 to 271 of the Nigerian Merchant Shipping Act 2007, made some provisions which can assist in collision accident prevention. For the defendant to be liable in a collision accident claim, damage which resulted from the collision has to be foreseeable and must be a direct consequence of the defendant’s action or omission. There should be deliberate attempt by all concerned in making sure that collision at sea is reduced to barest minimum.