NPA lifts suspension on Maersk, Cosco, two others

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Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said it had restored services to the four shipping companies namely Maersk Line, Cosco Shipping, APS and Lansal, whose operations were suspended for their alleged failure to comply with a directive to acquire and operate holding bays for their empty containers.

NPA said the affected shipping companies now have two weeks from Friday July 20, 2018 to comply with the so-called directive and other conditions.

According to a press release issued on Monday by NPA spokesman, Isa Suwaid, “Among the conditions are that the affected companies must increase the capacity of their holding bays ranging from 1,800 TEUs to 7,500 TEUS; that the affected companies will sign-off on the volume capacity of the holding bays verified at the end of the grace period and that at the expiration of the two weeks an inspection will be conducted to ascertain compliance and that the authority warned, thereafter further sanctions will be applied on failure to meet the said conditions.” 

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