Patterns and risk factors of inland waterways boat accidents in Nigeria

  • John O. Esin Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
  • Mfonobong E. Afahakan Department of Meteorology and Hydrology Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

Abstract

The study investigated the patterns and risk factors of boat accidents along Nigeria inland coastal waterways. Specifically, the study aimed at determining the patterns of boat accidents, the causes and level of safety awareness and emergency preparedness of boat operators and the extent of their adherence to safety conventions in Nigeria. Information on the patterns of boat accidents was obtained from the Nigeria Watch database complemented by data obtained from random sampling of 200 boat operators and users and the marine police selected from ten states known for high maritime transportation. The study revealed that a total of 180 incidence of boats accidents in which 1607 lives were lost between years 2006 and 2015 were recorded, with year 2013 recording the highest incidence while years 2010 and 2015 recorded the least accidents incidence. It was further revealed that the safety awareness and emergency preparedness of the boat operators is indeed very low. The study recommends the need for the government and operators of the marine sector to ensure effective training and enlightenment of the boat operators on the need to adhere to safety conventions.

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Published
2017-12-20