Ships laden with petroleum products and other items have started arriving at Nigerian ports, especially the ones situated in Lagos. The ships, which numbered over 88, were said to have started arriving since September 28, 2012.
THISDAY checks revealed that the ships were expected to berth at the various terminals situated in the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa and Tin Can Island Port, Apapa. The findings, which were collaborated by a shipping positioned prepared by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said the arrival of the ships would continue till October 27.
The Shipping Position, which is prepared by NPA as a guide to port users, particularly importers, licensed customs agents, and shipping firms, said the ships were also laden with other cargoes such as fish, bulk wheat, and rice. Others are general cargo, new and used vehicles popularly called ‘tokunbo’, steel products and base oil.
The document indicated that 20 fuel-laden ships are also waiting to berth at the Atlas Cove Jetty (ACJ), New Oil Jetty (NOJ), Single Buoy Mooring (SBM), and Ibafon terminal, all within the Lagos Ports. Petroleum products on them include petrol (PMS), diesel (AGO), kerosene (DPK) and aviation fuel (JET A1).
Four ships were also waiting to berth in Greenview Development Nigeria Limited, (GDNL), ENL Consortium Limited, as well as Ports and Terminals Multi-services Limited (PTML) which is one of the concessionaires at Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos.
In a related development, Nigerian ports have witnessed increased gross tonnage of ocean going vessels as against the same period in 2011. NPA, in its monthly report of July, 2012, said the total gross tonnage of the ocean going vessels stood at 10,862,625, which showed an increase of 1 per cent over the same period of July 2011 figure of 10,758,246.
Out of this figure in the month under review, general cargo was 1,125,176 metric tonnes, a growth of 1.6 per cent over the same period last year.
According to the authority, laden container throughput was 82,197 TEUs, a rise of 28.1 per cent over July 2011 figure of 64,188, while empty container throughput recorded 65,694 TEUs, an increase of 57.6 per cent over July 2011 figures. Vehicle traffic stood at 24,884 units, a growth of 29 per cent over July 2011 figure of 19,292 units.
The authority attributed what it called “ever increasing result” being posted to continuous regular capital and maintenance dredging and the 100 per cent completion of removal of the 24 numbers discovered critical wrecks in Lagos channels.
The Managing Director NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, has said that with the support of the Federal Government, the authority would remain focused in constantly upgrading and improving its facilities.