NPA receives largest container vessel at Onne ports


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Saturday announced the successful berthing of the biggest container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian port.

The General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Mr. Jatto Adams who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Saturday stated that the Maerskline Stallholder vessel with length overall of 300 metres and width of 48 metres was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne in Rivers State at 4.20pm on Saturday.

Adams noted that the vessel, which had a capacity of 9,971 (TEUs) was a flagship from Singapore.

He observed that the vessel which was brought in from Fairway Bouy Bonny with the aid of three Tugboats operated by three of the Authority’s pilots was received by Ports Manager of the Onne Ports, Mr. Alhasssan Abubakar.

According to him, “The Authority is delighted to state that the landmark arrival of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessel at the Onne ports is a result of management’s determination to improve the patronage of the Eastern Ports.

“It is an indication of the fact that the Eastern Ports are equipped to receive all manner of vessels and an expansion of the options of consignees in the Eastern and northern parts of the country.

“The Management of the NPA congratulates its team at the Onne Ports.

“Management also appreciates all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge.”

The Authority, the General Manager said, assured of its commitment to ensuring that all ports locations in Nigeria worked at their optimal capacity and the repositioning of Nigerian ports as the hub in the sub-region.

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