ENL Consortium wins international port development award

Nigeria’s ENL Consortium made the country proud yesterday on the global scene as the best of shipping and maritime across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent were honoured yesterday evening at the annual Seatrade Awards in Dubai.

ENL Consortium, which is the operator of Terminals C and D of the Lagos Port Complex Apapa, won the Port & Container Terminal Development Award

It is the first time any Nigerian company will win such award.

The awards held under the patronage of Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority were attended by over 700 guests at the Joharah Ballroom at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Hosted by international broadcaster, Stephen Marney, with a guest personality appearance from Formula 1 world champion, Damon Hill, the Seatrade awards programme is widely recognised as the region’s premier maritime awards.

Chris Hayman, chairman of Seatrade, started the evening’s proceedings by saying, “When we introduced this Awards programme back in 2003, this region had aspiration to become a major global centre for the maritime industries.

“That aspiration is now a substantial reality and many of the individuals and organisations who have contributed to this transformation are present here this evening.

“In the past year this region has continued to progress as a centre for world class shipping companies, with a network of ports and terminals that is state of the art, and the world’s biggest concentration of ship repair expertise.  Its maritime service sector is heading in new and exciting directions. Its offshore marine industry is coping well with a challenging market environment.

“In the wider Middle East, this year has seen the completion, exactly on schedule and in just one year, of the New Suez Canal, an achievement on a tight timetable which has been described by the International Chamber of Shipping as ‘simply astonishing’.”

A total of the 25 awards honouring individuals, organisations and companies were announced at the celebration of shipping and maritime in the region.

Other award winners include DP World and United Arab Shipping Company among others.

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