Apapa Port berths largest container vessel in history
The Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa made history on Friday with a 300m Length Over All (LOA) vessel, recorded to be the largest container vessel to have berth at the port.
This development has been described as an unprecedented testament to the commitment of the Mohammed Bello Koko-led management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to sustain investment in port infrastructure and equipment that enable operational excellence.
The vessel, christened Kota Canik translated to mean “beautiful point”, is designed to carry up to 6600 TEUS (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) at a move, signaling a turning point and signposts the possibilities of improved infrastructural and equipment upgrade.
Whilst commissioning two ultra modern control towers aimed at boosting safety of navigation and scaling up Apapa and TinCan Ports to acceptable international standards, Bello Koko had reiterated the authority’s resolve to “equip the ports for performance that meet and indeed exceed stakeholders’ expectations”.
Reacting to the development, the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, Charles Bamidele Okaga said that Apapa Port will continuously improve on the quality of service that made the milestone possible.
He assured the Liner, Pacific International Line (PIL) that the requisite efficiencies to berth the 350m LOA being expected are already in place.
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