Nigeria’s Onne Ports handles largest container vessel ever
The Nigerian Ports Authority at the weekend made history when it successful berthedthe biggest container vessel ever in the country’s shipping history at the Onne Ports Complex in Rivers State.
The Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel, with a capacity of 9,971 twenty equivalents units TEUs, is a flagship from Singapore, has an overall length of 300 metres and a width of 48 metres. She was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal FOT, Onne at 1620 hours on Saturday, August 15, 2020.
General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams said in a statement Sunday that 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
“NPA 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. We also appreciate all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge”, Adams said.
NPA has however assured the shipping community across the globe of its commitment to ensure that all ports locations in Nigeria work at their optimal capacity and that it would continue to reposition the nation’s seaports as the hub in the West and Central African sub-region.