Nigeria: NPA Receives First Vessel At $1.5bn Lekki Deep Seaport

Forward of the graduation of economic operation on the $1.5bn Lekki Deep Seaport in September 2022, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Friday, obtained first vessel on the seaport.

The vessel, ZHEN HUA 28, which berthed at precisely 1329hours, delivered three Ship to Shores (STS) and 10 Rubber Tyre Gantries (RTG) cranes that may assist in the evacuation of cargoes from vessels to the shore.

LEADERSHIP remembers that the seaport has an annual cargo tonnage of 4 million tons per 12 months and container quantity of two.5milliin teu with three container berths geared up to deal with greater than 1.8 million TEUs yearly.

Talking on the occasion, the managing director, NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, mentioned Lekki Port, when it commences operation, would be the first absolutely automated port at take-off in Nigeria.

He additional said that the profitable supply of the three STS and the RTG cranes are essential to the graduation of operations of the deep seaport.

He mentioned, “the profitable supply of those three state-of-the artwork STS cranes and 10 RTG, are essential tools that are essential to the graduation of operations of the Lekki Deep Seaport. That is historic because it strikes us a step nearer to birthing Nigeria’s first Deep Seaport and in addition demonstrates our readiness to take commerce facilitation a notch greater.

“The dedication of NPA to offering each help vital to position Nigeria on the worldwide checklist of nations with Deep Seaports is unflinching. Because of this issues associated to the operationalization of Lekki Deep Seaport earlier than the tip of this 12 months have been positioned on high precedence.”

“For us on the Nigerian Ports Authority the approaching on stream of Lekki Deep Sea Port symbolises a number of positives. Aside from being Nigeria’s first Deep Seaport, Lekki Port will even be the primary absolutely automated port at take-off. This supplies an perception into the trail we’re already toeing as a administration staff to control the operationalization of not simply the forthcoming Badagry, Ibom and Bonny Deep Seaports, but additionally of the reconstruction of the aged Tin-Can Port, the place work is ready to start as soon as we safe the mandatory approvals from the Federal Ministry of Transportation and FEC respectively.”

Bello-Koko, nonetheless, reiterated that the authority is working assiduously underneath the technical steerage of the Worldwide Maritime Organisation to deploy the Port Neighborhood System (PCS), which can make Nigeria optimise alternatives of the African Continental Free Commerce Space (AfCFTA) Settlement to which Nigeria was a signatory.

“Let me reiterate that automation stays probably the most veritable instrument for assuring Port effectivity, and as most of us are conscious, the NPA is working assiduously underneath the technical steerage of the Worldwide Maritime Group to deploy the Port Neighborhood System (PCS), which can allow us reply squarely to the dictates of worldwide commerce facilitation and optimize the alternatives of the African Continental Free Commerce Space (AfCFTA) Settlement to which Nigeria is signatory.

“Our strategic intent of changing into the maritime logistics hub for sustainable ports providers in Africa rests closely on how effectively we’re in a position deepen our efficiencies via a

development of deep seaports with the intention to leverage the concomitant advantages of economies of scale. Let me seize this second to specifically recognize His Excellency President

Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Transportation for the great backing the NPA has loved resulting in this historic train.”

Talking earlier, the chairman, Lekki Port, Abiodun Dabiri, who said that the port will grow to be operational earlier than the tip of the 12 months, said that the supply of the evacuation tools, will make Nigeria a delivery hub in West and Central Africa.