Onne Port receives largest containership in 12 years
West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), Onne Port Complex, Rivers State, recently received the first gearless vessel, and the largest containership ever to visit a seaport outside the Lagos area after about 12 years of the concession.
The berthing of the ship, named JPO Volans, indicated that efforts to increase ship traffic at the Eastern ports are now yielding results with the successful handling of the container ship measuring 265 metres in length.
According to a Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) data, the Eastern ports handled about 80 per cent of Nigeria’s export cargos between 2012 and 2017.
The Managing Director of WACT, Aamir Mirza, said the German vessel brought containers to the Onne Port from the Far East, and it took only 2.75 days to turnaround the vessel.
“This is another major achievement for Onne Port and another testament to our commitment to set new standards and serve our customers better,” Mirza said.
He continued: “The key achievement here is our ability to handle larger, gearless, mainline vessels that were considered only suitable for terminals in Lagos. By handling these vessels, we have not only proven to the world that East Nigerian ports are equally capable of handling these large ships, but have also improved the profile of the Onne Port globally.
“With our major investment plans in the pipeline, this will go a long way in improving our capabilities and highlighting same to all our shipping line and landside customers.”