Nigerian ports record 12.5% rise in cargo volumes

Cargo throughput handled at Nigerian ports in the third quarter of 2014 stood at 22.3 million metric tonnes (mmt), showing an increase of 12.5% over 19.8mmt handled in the third quarter of 2013, according to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

NPA spokesman, Musa Ilya said in a press statement made available to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY on Thursday that ports handled 4.21mmt of general cargo representing an increase of 41.7% over the 2013 third quarter volume; 2.6mmt of dry bulk cargo representing a marginal increase of 0.6% over the corresponding period of 2013 while Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) volume stood at 5.1mmt, a growth of 5.8% over 4.9mmt over the third quarter of 2013.

Ilya said the ports also handled 5.2mmt of refined petroleum products; 277,694 TEUs of laden containers and 217,080 TEUs of empty containers representing 9.1%, 3% and 9.5% increases respectively over the third quarter of 2013.

He said “In the third quarter of 2014, a  total of 1,405 oceans going vessels called at all Nigerian Ports as against a total of 1,366 vessels that called at the same period in 2013 representing an increase of 2.9%.

“The total Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of all ocean going vessels in the third quarter 2014 amounted to 38 million metric tons representing an increase of 9.8% increase over the GRT of 34.6 million metric tons in the same period of 2013.”

The NPA image maker said the during the period under review, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Apapa recorded a gross registered tonnage of 10.1mmt, showing an increase of 9% over 9.3mmt achieved in 2013. The port, he said, handled 397 vessels were during the period.

He said Tin can Island Port recorded a gross registered tonnage of 13.1mmt indicating an increase of 16.8% over 11.2mmt recorded in the corresponding period of 2013 while the port handled 475 ocean going vessels.

Calabar Port complex recorded a total GRT of 1.05mmt showing a rise of 40% over 751,553 gross tons of 2013, “leaving the port with 72 Ocean going vessels in the period under review” while Rivers Port complex recorded a total  gross registered tonnage of 1.9mmt showing an increase of 37.8% over 1.4mmt achieved in the corresponding period of 2013. He said the port handled 126 ocean going vessels.

Onne Port complex, he said, recorded a GRT of 10.4mmt reflecting an increase of 7% over 9.7mmt recorded in the corresponding period of 2013 with 207 vessels handled within the period while Delta Port Complex handled 128 vessels.

“The Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mallam Habib Abdullahi has said that the continuous growth experienced in our ports is a reflection of its efforts   anchored on the need to deliver an efficient port service in a safe, secure and customer friendly environment, in accordance with the international best practises.

According to him, management has continued to pay attention to first and foremost improving existing port infrastructures in the areas of rehabilitation of port quay walls and aprons, secondly deepening our channels and thirdly the upgrading and renovation of our common user facilities, wrecks removal from our channels as well as other necessary engineering and marine works to ensure the efficiency of our service delivery and meeting the expectation of our stakeholders both foreign and local,” Ilya stated.

In a recent development, Abdullahi reiterated that NPA will continue to work at ensuring that no congestion is experienced at the ports even as it has in conjunction with Nigerian Customs Service facilitated the movement of 2,500 overtime boxes to Ikorodu, an exercise which is still on-going.

Also and in continuation of its determination to avoid the gridlock around Apapa area, the Authority has secured the approval of Federal executive Council for award of contract for the construction of three lane road in Tin can Island port with a three-month completion period. This is addition to the palliative measures embarked upon by Julius Berger for the repairs of the Apapa-Oshodi express way, while the major renovation of the road commences.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Ports Authority has inaugurated a task force to ensure free flow of traffic and eradicate congestion and gridlock in Apapa and its environ.

The committee which was inaugurated by the General Manger security Lt Col Jamil Tahir Rtd on behalf of the Managing Director, has Tahir as Chairman while   membership is drawn from the Nigerian Navy, Port Police, Federal Road safety commission FRSC, NARTO and the Marine and Operations Division of NPA.

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