Not less than 375, 277 metric tonnes of both general and dry bulk cargo as well as a total of 9, 627 full container loads FCL of other types of imports laden on 35 vessels are expected at the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.

There is however apprehension that these new consignments might worsen the overflow of imported goods at the two biggest seaports in the country, which have since last year been grappling with massive congestion occasioned by the inability of the relevant agencies to evacuate over time cargo, some of which have spent over four years at various terminals.

This situation is further worsened by the decision of the Nigeria Customs Service to carry out 100 per cent physical inspection on goods imported into the country as against the globally accepted scanning, which has proven to be more efficient and cost- effective.

Details of cargo movement contained in the official Shipping Position for Thursday, May 4, show that all the 375, 277 metric tonnes of bulk and general cargo are meant for terminals within the Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa comprising ENL Consortium, Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited ABTL and GDL while 5, 411 of the 9,627 containers are designated for the Tin Can Island Container Terminal TICT even as the rest 4, 216 containers are meant for APM Terminals, Apapa.

Further details show that a ship called Green Brazil laden with 5,583.4 metric tonnes of frozen fish is expected to berth at ENL Terminal on June 6, while another vessel; Westminster laden with 6,000 tonnes of base oil will berth at the ABTL on June 8, even as another ship called Top Confidence laden with 15, 800 metric tonnes of general cargo is currently discharging at ENL, having berthed on June 3.

Another ship called Nonazeelandia expected to berth on June 5, would discharge 4, 000 metric tonnes of frozen fish also at ENL while MV Tiger Pioneer is expected to berth at the Dan Ref terminal on June 5 with a total of 23, 450 metric tonnes of general cargo, while MV Kota Bangga, which is expected to berth at GDNL on June 20, would discharge 3, 500 tonnes of general cargo.

Also, MV Eleni M, laden with 25, 000 tonnes of bulk salt will arrive GDNL on June 8, while another vessel; African Glory laden with 23,461 tonnes of general cargo will berth at ENL on June 6, even as MV Voyager, laden with 29,566 tonnes of general cargo will also berth at ENL on June 5.

Other vessels include MV Lotus, which is currently discharging 29, 415 metric tonnes of general cargo at the ENL, MV Tong DA with 22, 647 tonnes of general cargo will also discharge at ENL, as it is expected to arrive June 7, MV Desert Unity laden with 39, 561 tonnes of bulk wheat is discharging at ABTL, having arrived June 4, while MV Yangtze Falcon, laden with 25, 850 metric tonnes of general cargo arrived ENL June 2, and is currently discharging even as Silver Copenhagen and Alfred Temile laden with 2, 686.7 tonnes and 7, 000 tonnes of frozen fish and Butane gas respectively will discharge at ENL and Lister terminals respectively.

Meanwhile, MV Bulk Spirit laden with 12, 087 tonnes of bulk wheat is discharging at the GDNL terminal while MV Equinox Dawn which came in with 24, 297 tonnes of general cargo will discharge at ENL and Eko Support.

For containers, MV Maersk Ocean came in on May 29 with 700 full container loads FCL, CMA CGM Lapis also came with 700 FCL both for TICT while RHL Conscientia came with 530 containers for APMT even as Zim Kingston came in with 620 containers also for TICT.

Others include Maersk Cotonou, Maersk Cardiff, Maersk Cadiz and Maersk Cape Town, which brought 410, 430, 700 and 400 containers apiece all for APM Terminals even as Safmarine Chambal and Safmarine Chachal brought in 350 containers for TICT and 700 for APMT respectively even as MV Seaspan Santos and MV Maersk Camoroun brought in 700 and 7001 units of full container loads for APMT, bring to a total of 4, 216.

Similarly, Maersk Cabo Verde, Wiking, Kota Lumayan, Kota Sabas and Kota Gadang brought in 500, 941, 952, 439 and 559 containers for TICT, bringing to a total of 5, 411 full container loads.