The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, has said that the Authority would soon embark on the dredging of Onne Port in Rivers State to 11 meters to accommodate bigger vessels in the port.
Usman disclosed this in Lagos, last Tuesday while receiving the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jesper Kamp, who paid her a courtesy visit.
Represented by the Executive Director, Marine Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies, Usman said efforts were on going to increase the depth of the draught of Onne Port to 11 meters to accommodate bigger vessels in the port
In a statement issued by the NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, Engr. Jatto Adams, the Authority said it was poised to providing enabling environment for business to grow in the maritime sector as she called for continuous engagement on the way forward in the maritime sector.
Dr. Sokonte told the Ambassador that the NPA was committed to the development of Deep Seaports across Nigeria in line with the development of global economy which is about maritime.
He said as a pioneer in the maritime business, the Authority would always tap from the wealth of experience of the Danish government.
Responding, the Ambassador told the Managing Director that he embarked on the visit as part of his efforts to promote Danish-Nigerian trade relations and attract investment to Nigeria.
Mr Kamp said that his mission was to facilitate investment to Nigeria, as he has been mobilizing Danish companies to come and invest in Nigeria, as exemplified by MAERSK Line and other companies.
The Ambassador said that the Danish government operates thirty commercial vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, adding that his country is concerned about security in the Nigeria maritime industry.
The envoy explained that the Danish government was collaborating with Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and IMO on training of marine cadets and maritime security and called on NPA to be part of this collaboration.
Earlier, the Managing Director of MAERSK Line, Mr Gildas Tohouo, who accompanied the Danish Ambassador, thanked the management of NPA and other stakeholders for their support for Maersk Line and for efforts at increasing the depth of Onne port.
He reiterated the willingness of his company to patronise Onne Port the moment the port channel is deepened by additional one meter.
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NPA Board: Group Urges Buhari To Review Rickett’s Appointment
A Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups in Cross River State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the appointment of Mr Akin Rickett as Chairman, Governing Board, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The coalition made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Iso Bassey and Secretary, Mr Edo Owan, in Abuja yesterday.
It urged the president to investigate the process through which Rickett was appointed.
“APC in Cross River has more than enough critical stakeholders, leaders and members, who contributed immensely and reasonably to the growth of the party.
“These relevant stakeholders have cognate experience in leadership and also sacrificed for the party, served the state and country in various capacities.
“APC would be facing a fresh general election in 2023, hence the need to give appointments to political assets and those that would build the party for victory and not to give appointments based on friendship and sentiments.
“And we also urge the president to always consult critical stakeholders in the state in the event of any appointments,” the coalition said.
Onne Port To Introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System
The management of Onne Port in Rivers State has entered into partnership with the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) to introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System, to enhance its operations.
The port management said the Electronic Truck Call-Up system would enhance better traffic management in the port.
Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, recently.
He said that the system would enhance truck operations from the trailer parks within the port complex.
Abubakar said Dangote Group was also remodelling its jetty at the Federal Operational Terminal (FOT) at the cost of $28.25 million with an export capacity of two million metric tons of clinker and import capacity of 0.75 million of gypsum.
According to him, both the export and import are expected to commence within the first quarter of 2020.
Abubakar said the port was currently undergoing expansion of its facilities to meet up with the growing bulk of urea export operation by Idorama Terminal.
He said that the urea export operation which is currently over 800 metric tons per annum, is expected to be sustained in 2020 and it was projected to reach two million tons by 2022.
By: Chinedu Wosu
725 Vessels Berthed At Onne Port In 2019-Port Manager
No fewer than 725 vessels of various capacities and sizes berthed in Onne Port in 2019.
This was as the port management said that there had been a reduction in terms of pirate attacks in the complex.
The port also received a general cargo of 535,336 metric tons in 2019.
This was made known to The Tide by the Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, during an interview in his office, Onne Complex.
He expressed delight that the port now recorded high level of container traffics in the Eastern ports, especially in oil and gas and general industrial equipment.
Abubakar said the port now enjoyed a current permissible draft of 10.6 metres.
Describing the port as the largest trafficker of oil and gas in the region, the manager said, Onne was a multi purpose port across West Africa.
“We can handle all containers, general cargoes, including cars in Onne Port”, he said.
The port manager said the port in 2019 handled over 23,723,453 liquid Bulk as well as 743,707 dry bulk.
The port, Abubakar said, handled 2,522,959 containers as against 2,234,301 in 2018.
He declared that a total of 2,429 boats were serviced in 2019 as against 1,678 in 2018.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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