By Innocent Orok
As the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA) makes efforts to repositioned the Eastern ports in order to decongest the Lagos ports, and as part of measures to increase port activities in eastern ports, the NPA yesterday received Maerskline Stardelhorn , a 300 metres length and 48 meters width Container Ship, regarded as the biggest Container ship to visit the Port Harcourt port.
This was contained in a statement from Jato Adams NPA’s General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications. He said the vessel arrived at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) around 4:20 pm on Saturday, August 15th, 2020. Jato identified the ship as a container ship built in 2015 and currently sailing under the flag of Singapore.
“The vessel, which was brought in from Fairway Bouy, Bonny with the aid of three Tugboats operated by three of the Authority’s pilots was received by Ports Manager of the Onne Ports, Mr. Alhasssan Abubakar,” the statement said.
“The Authority is delighted to state 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.
“The Management of the NPA congratulates its team at the Onne Ports Management, also appreciates all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge.
“The Authority assures of its 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.” Jato said in the statement.