YEAR 2012 PERFORMANCE REPORT
Nigerian ports record increased container, vehicle traffic
• No fire incident
Last year, the nation’s seaports recorded increased empty container throughput and laden container throughput, both calculated in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), when compared with 2011.
Available statistics provided by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) show that in 2012, the empty containers stood at 1,575,194 TEUs, which showed an increase of 11 per cent over the 1,413,276TEUs in 2011.
In 2012, laden container throughput was 877,737 TEUs, a rise of 7.4 per cent over 2011’s figure of 817,246 TEUs.
Vehicle traffic stood at 268,026 units in 2012, a growth of 16 per cent over 2011’s figure of 231,423 units.
There was an improvement in berth occupancy rate; it was 44.9 per cent in 2012, a rise of four per cent over the 44.5 per cent rate recorded in 2011.
“In term of safety, there was no record of fire incident in all the ports in the Year under review. This is an evidence of efforts of the Management of NPA in ensuring that the right safety standards are entrenched in all ports activities,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, stated ina press release.
Ebubeogu said: “The ever increasing result being posted in this regard could be attributed to continuous regular capital and maintenance dredging and the 100 per cent completion of removal of the discovered critical wrecks in our channels.
“The Managing Director NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, has said that, with the support of the Federal Government, the Authority will remain focused in constantly upgrading and improving port infrastructures in order to attract neighbouring countries transact business with NPA.”
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