Historic as largest container vessel berths at Nigerian port

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*The Maerskline Stardelhorn Vessel

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has successfully berthed the biggest container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian port.

The Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel with length overall of 300 metres, width of 48 metres was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne in Rivers State at 1620 hours on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

NPA’s general manager, corporate and strategic communications, NPA, Mr. Jatto Adams, said the vessel, which has a capacity of 9,971(TEUs) is a flagship from Singapore.

According to Adams, the vessel, which was brought in from Fairway Bouy Bonny with the aid of three tugboats operated by three of NPA pilots was received by the manager of Onne Ports, Mr. Alhasssan Abubakar.

He said the authority was delighted that the landmark arrival of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessel at the Onne Ports “is a result of management’s determination to improve the patronage of the Eastern Ports.

“It is an indication of the fact that the Eastern Ports are equipped to receive all manner of vessels and an expansion of the options of consignees in the Eastern and northern parts of the country.

He also said management of NPA congratulated its team at the Onne Ports and appreciated all stakeholders at the port for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely.

He however assured of the authority’s commitment to ensuring that all ports locations in Nigeria work at their optimal capacity and the repositioning of Nigerian ports as the hub in the sub-region.

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