11 January 2013

Nigeria: 81 Ships Expected in Lagos Ports

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Cargo ship.

No fewer than 81 ships laden with a variety of cargoes are expected at the ports situated in Lagos, by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said through its daily data on vessels movements, Shipping Position.

The data which details daily operational activities of the ports across the country and was sighted by THISDAY showed that one of the ships is laden with 5,000 tonnes of palm oil.

The ships which has started arriving at the ports since the last week will complete berthing on January 15, 2013.

Among the vessels that have already berthed are MV MSK BELFAST which is carrying palm oil. It berth at Apapa Bulk Terminal.

The authority said no fewer than 13 of the expected ships would arrive with petroleum products, while 10 would sail in with new and fairly used vehicles popularly called "tokunbo".

According to the Shipping Position, the other ships would arrive with containers, rice, fresh fish, bulk sugar, bulk wheat and bulk gypsum, steel products, fertiliser, base oil, palm oil, and wheat.

In the same vein. No less than 11 ships are already waiting to discharge petroleum products at the various oil terminals within the ports.

The document also showed that five of the ships would discharge petrol, one would discharge diesel, four would discharge aviation fuel and one would discharge bulk gas.

Similarly, the document showed that six other ships were waiting to discharge general cargo, bulk sugar, wheat and rice. Following the concession of the nation's seaports as a result of the economic reforms initiated by the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's administration, a joint venture agreement was entered into by NPA and Depasa Marine International which led to the setting up of the Lagos Channel Management Limited (LCM).

While NPA holds 60 percent equity, Depasa Marine International holdsn 40 percent equity.

With the incorporation of the firm on June 23, 2005, LCM has ensured an effective and efficient management of the Lagos channels through dredging, wreck removal, surveying, navigational aids maintenance and pollution monitoring.

Apart from the removal of the wrecks and derelicts which have posed danger safe navigation, these measures have made it possible for the Lagos ports to accommodate much larger vessels since last year.

THISDAY has reported that it is the effective delivery of the statutory roles and responsibilities of LCM that has made bigger vessels to call at Lagos ports, especially Apapa Quay, Africa's largest container terminal.

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