The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says despite urgent need for reconstruction of the breakwaters at the Warri Pilotage District, the district still berths vessels.
The Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko said this in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
According to Bello-Koko, although the Escravos breakwaters constructed to prevent the siltation of the Warri channels collapsed decades ago, NPA has concluded the survey and mapping of the channel.
“NPA is at conclusive stages of securing relevant approvals for the best financing option to fund its reconstruction. The NPA has put mitigants in place to ensure safe berthing of legally operating vessels in the spirit of trade facilitation,” he said.
He noted that the up-to-date local and international training, simulation and manoeuvrability competence building of the highly experienced pilots of the NPA had ensured zero incidence of vessels running aground.
He added that it had enabled the safe berthing on July 14 of inbound vessels MT Zonda and MT Stellar and outbound vessel MT Duke, MT Vardar and MT Igbinosa, with six vessels at anchorage outbound and inbound for Bonny Island, Koko and Escravos.
He said that cognisant of peculiarities of the Warri channel, the authority had procured and installed adequate buoys for Warri, realigned the entrance buoys, docked and reclassified vessels.
“The occasional reported incidences of vessels running aground cannot impede the channel as they are vessels operating illegally without NPA marine pilots onboard. The vessels ran aground only because they veered off the channel and safety marked areas due to incompetence,” he said.
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