COURSES OFFERED BY NIGERIA MARITIME UNIVERSITY, OKERENKOKO, DELTA STATE

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The Federal Ministry of Transport acting through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and in the execution of its mandate, proposed the establishment of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria.
Okerenkoko, where the permanent site of the University is located sits on the left bank of the Escravos River noted for shipping and inland water borne transportation. The Escravos River opens into the Atlantic Ocean and it is a preferred route for ocean-going vessels engaged in the oil and gas industry.The University was established in response to the chronic shortage of professional human capital and global competitive technical know how in the maritime industry and economy.
The global maritime economy has become increasingly knowledge driven, necessitating the production of local high level professionals imbued with requisite dosage of nationalism and patriotism. In February 2018 the National Universities Commission (NUC) gave approval to commence degree programmes in the University. To enable the University commence academic activities in the 2017/2018 academic session a well-developed temporary site located at Kurutie town has been acquired for the University. The University took off with three Faculties, thirteen Programmes/ Departments and a school of Basic studies.
The Faculties and programmes are:

Faculty of Transport
B.Sc. Nautical Science
B.Sc. Transport Logistics Management
B.Sc. Marine Economics and Finance
B.Sc.Port Management

Faculty of Engineering
Civil Engineering;
Electrical Engineering;
Marine Engineering;
Mechanical Engineering; and
Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Faculty of Environmental Management
B.Sc. Environmental Management and Pollution Control
B.Sc. Meteorology and Climate Change
B.Sc. Fisheries and Agriculture
B.Sc. Marine Geology

Faculty of Transport
Bachelor Of Science in Nautical Science
Nautical Science, also known as ‘Marine Navigation,’ is the art and science of finding a ship position at any given time at sea and conducting her safely from one place to another to facilitate international trade and offshore exploration. For successful conduct of ships at sea, Navigation as a science involves the use of instruments, specialized tools, methods, maritime publications, charts and satellite aids at open sea, while as an Art, it involves the proficient use of these tools, application and interpretation of information gained from such use.
Basically, marine navigation is classified into coastal navigation and offshore or open sea navigation. Coastal navigation involves the conduct of a ship in the neighbourhood of dangers such as rocks, shoals, shallow, confined and congested water, and fixing the ship position depends on terrestrial objects such as lighthouses, buoys, towers/masts and radars or visually by eyes using the traditional navigational instruments and compasses. while offshore navigation is concerned with the conduct of a vessel at the open sea, which depends on electronic aids to navigation such as satellites, Global Positioning System (G.P.S) as well as observation of the heaven bodies such as sun, moon, planets and stars.
Marine navigation involves the use of different types of vessels known as merchant ships for the transportation of different goods and specialized marine operations/services for oil explorations
Since Nigeria is a major importer and exporter of goods, services and river banks rich in oil exploration operations, the need to develop and train competent nautical scientists (seafarers) is of utmost importance.
For successful and safe conduct of ships at sea, which is concerned with the protection of lives, properties and the marine environment, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through her conventions oversees the rigorous training of merchant seamen. This is enforced by her signatory parties (Administration of her member states). One of the most popular of these conventions is the Standard of Training Certification for Watch keeping (STCW), which stipulates the minimum benchmark for the training and certifications of merchant seamen.

Nigeria maritime and shipping industry, being predominantly manned by foreigners to a large extent in the past, has given way to high increase in unemployment rate. Studying nautical science provides divers job opportunities, not only locally, but also, internationally in shipping and offshore operations. This in turn will strengthen the voice of Nigeria in the international maritime business and policy making.
Outside the fact that Nautical Science fosters international trade, it also promotes international unity among crew members, thereby effectively reducing racism, ethnicity, religious differences and promotes world peace and unity.

B.Sc. Transport Logistics Management
Outstanding Logistics Management Experience
Marine Transport, which is also called water borne transport, is one of the mode of transportation of goods and persons. The Marine Transport Industry is defined as a system that ensures the successful movement of cargoes from one point to another through water modes, where their relative importance and economic value are greater. It links places that are separated by water.
The Maritime Industry is a very important one to every economy due to its potentials. Thus it is not a homogenous body of its own but it is made up of different interactive subsystems, working interrelated to ensure the performance of its objectives. These subsystems are the vehicles which represent the vessel, the way which represent the channels or harbor, the terminal, which represent the seaport, whilst the motive power represents the human resource.
On the other hand, Logistics is the efficient transfer of goods from the source of supply through the place of manufacture to the point of consumption in a cost effective way, whilst providing an acceptable service to a consumer. Logistics is that part of supply chain process that plans, implement and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in order to meet consumer’s requirement. Thus, maritime transport and logistics is the hub of transporting goods across international lines. Therefore, a nation’s economy and its viability depend mostly on the maritime transport sector.
The impact of marine transport and logistics industry cannot be over emphasized as it relates to Nigeria and the International society. Thus the following are some of the major areas of its contributions.

It facilitates institutional development among nations e.g Nigeria and Sweden.
It acts as a bridge between nations e.g Nigeria and Ukraine.
It increases the efficiency of production per unit between Nigeria and the World.
It leads to economic growth and development of Nations.
It promotes the international training among nations e.g IMO and NIMASA.
It promotes tourism between nations e.g Philippine and Nigeria.
It avails the opportunity of international relation and peaceful co-existence among nations
It helps to facilitate trade and commerce among nations
It is a means of generating revenue and finance to the government coffers
It helps in the creation of job opportunity and employment
It builds a strong hold of nation defence and security through territorial water protection.

B.Sc. Marine Economics and Finance
Maritime Economics and Finance is a discipline or field of study concerned with the manner in which existing material and human resources are used in the maritime industry and how they change and develop over time. Maritime Economics and Finance is the holistic and integrated study of maritime resource optimization aimed at generating competitive advantage in maritime industry by increasing the productivity of ship and ports’ operation, reducing transaction costs of international trade and stimulating the formation of new business development.
The programme is designed to produce graduates in Marine Economics and Finance
It is designed to imbued the students with the zeal to make positive contributions to the development of the world communities and Nigeria economy in particular, equipping them with broad foundation knowledge of Economics and Finance, as well to review the essentials of the discipline, to present the basic concerns and special features of transport, shipping and ports and apply economic principles to different aspects of marine operations to include commercial policy, shipping market, ship operations, safety and environmental protection.

B.Sc.Port Management
Ports management is the management of ports. In modern ports today, a number of disparate activities are carried out, such as, movement of ships, containers, passengers and other cargo, terminal operations, stevedoring, pilotage, towage, security, freight consolidation, warehousing, and maintenance and repairs. Therefore ports management involves managing these activities and resources, the movement of ships, cargo and passengers, flows of service charges to port users, and terminal and port planning and development.
Ports are increasingly becoming critical nodes in the complex network of logistical transport chains where maritime transport connects with other modes of transport and where trading, distribution and logistics activities can take place.
Effective, efficient and quality service delivery in any organization are largely dependent on the capability and motivation of management and labour force. Therefore, a modern port can only live up to expectations, if managed and staffed by personnel trained for and experienced in this particular sort of operations. In Nigeria today, maritime sector is lagging behind that of the industrialized world because of inadequate human capital. To close this gap, Ports Management Department was therefore, included in Nigeria Maritime University for the first time to obviate this problem in the sector with world class maritime specialists through excellent maritime management education and training.

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Marine Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and
Petroleum and Gas Engineering.
Like faculties of Engineering in traditional Universities, the Faculty of Engineering in Nigeria Maritime University, NMU is established to produce Engineers who meet the minimum standards set by the National University Commission, NUC, and the Council for Regulation of Engineering Profession in Nigeria, COREN.
They have the same prospects for employment and contribution to national development. Thus:
The Civil Engineers can work in design and construction of roads, Dams, Bridges and Buildings;
The Electrical Engineers can work in Electrical Power supply, electrification of buildings both domestic and industrial and design and installation and operation of telecommunication systems;
The Marine Engineers can design and build marine vessels, work in shipyards etc;
The Mechanical Engineers can generate mechanical power for grinding, operating trains and road vehicles and for conversion to electricity and water supply and the manufacture of numerous industrial and domestic devices;
In Petroleum and Gas Engineer can be relied upon to prospect for crude petroleum and gas on land and in the swampy regions and offshore. Infact the new frontiers in this sector is ‘off shore Technology’
Beyond these, the product of Engineers from a Maritime University must be able to ply his trade in the challenging maritime environment of the world. In order words, the Engineer from NMU is expected to meet more stringent and demanding standards than traditional faculties of Engineering. Such standards are as required by the International Maritime Organization, IMO. Meeting these requirements makes NMU graduates become nationally and also internationally recognized. Thus, the Engineers that will be produced by NMU‘s Faculty of Engineering will be global products who are acceptable to the global maritime industry and work in vessels plying all the oceans across the world. Importantly, the IMO conditions must be met through certifications during the training in the university.

FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
B.Sc. Environmental Management and Pollution Control
Marine environment pollution is one of the critical issues facing the global community in this 21st Century. The increased human (anthropogenic) activities including petroleum exploration and exploitation activities, shipping and other maritime transport, military activities, increase in illegal bunkering activities, unsustainable exploitation of resources, unregulated waste disposal and dredging activities have greatly impacted the world’s oceans including Nigeria’s maritime environment, causing ocean acidification, poor air quality, contamination of marine living resources, and contributing to climate change effects.

B.Sc. Meteorology and Climate Change
The unpredictability of our climatic conditions has convinced even “the doubting ‘Thomases’ of our time” that Climate Change is not only real, but has come to stay! This realization has led to increased and flurry of research, policy and evaluations to contain or ameliorate climate change impacts on the earth.
Climate change acutely affects meteorology. The intensity of climate variability determines the variability of meteorological outlook.
On the other hand, Meteorology combines the science of atmospheric chemistry and physics to make weather predictions. For navigation safety and success, ocean-going vessels and sea-farers need the services of Meteorologist.
Meteorologists provide information, not only to sea-farers but also to coastal dwellers. Cloud predictions, storm surges, sea-level and temperature rises that could lead to submerging of coastal areas and infrastructure, salt water intrusion and impact mitigation, are some of the life-saving contributions that are expected outcomes from training in this programme.
With the increasing melting of ice and rise in sea levels due to climate change, graduates of this programme will be relevant to the maritime industry in providing critical weather predictions, decision support systems for policy makers and coastal areas managers, navigation and aviation sectors of the economy.

B.Sc. Fisheries and Agriculture
As the world’s human population increases, so is the need for supply of food protein. Fish and fishery products which are known to provide the cheapest sources of animal protein. Unfortunately, accessible fisheries resources of the ocean are rapidly dwindling, and the impact climate change increases the risk of fishing at sea
The Fisheries and Aquaculture programme of Nigeria Maritime University is established to take up this challenge, and equip the students with relevant skills that would increase our national fish protein production
Students will be drilled on various aspects of marine, brackish and fresh-water fish and plant culture including fish farm management, pond construction and/or installation of culture enclosures, management of culture milieu, cage culture, hatchery management, captive breeding, fingerling production, aquarium design and ornamental fisheries, genetic engineering, natural food and feed production, as well as integrated culture techniques for finfish and shellfish such as aquaponics.
Graduates of this programme have prospects in national and international fishing industries, fish processing, preservation, packaging and marketing industries, fishing gear technology, fin-fish and shellfish production industries, as well as marine fish aquarium development. Above all, graduates of this programme shall be prospective entrepreneurs, creating and sustaining fisheries employment opportunity for the youth of this nation.

B.Sc. Marine Geology
Marine Geology focuses on the zoological, botanical and microbiological aspects of the ocean environment. Organisms of the various segments of the ocean, their inter-relationships and interactions with the marine environment, their diversity and contributions to mankind shall be explored.
Critical aspects shall include plankton productivity; invasive species control management (including water hyacinth and nipa8 palm); marine biodiversity conservation, benthos and benthic environment, marine microbiology and processes.
Marine geological techniques shall be taught to equip the students with relevant state-of-the-art laboratory and field techniques.
Prospects abound for graduates of this programme in national and multinational sectors of the economy including oil and gas, organizations interested in environmental impact assessment, maritime transport and ports management, government agencies, United Nations Agencies, marine conservations organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Birdlife International etc, in addition to being self-employed.

Source: www.nmu.edu.ng

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