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Lekki Port Takes Delivery Of Ship To Shore, RTG Cranes

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Lekki Port has taken delivery of three Super Post Panamax state-of-the-art Ship to Shore cranes and 10 Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTG) in preparation for the commencement of operations in September.

Receiving the marine vessel named ‘Zhen Hua 28’ the heavy-lift carrier that shipped the equipment from Shanghai, Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), said the equipment is critical for the Lekki Deep Seaport to commence operations before the end of this year.

According to him, the successful delivery of cranes is a testament to the unflinching commitment of the NPA to providing the support necessary for placing Nigeria on the global list of countries with deep seaports.

He also said that it demonstrates NPA readiness to take trade facilitation a notch higher.

“For us at the Nigerian Ports Authority, the coming on stream of Lekki symbolises a lot of positives. Apart from being Nigeria’s first Deep Seaport, Lekki Port will also be the first fully automated port at take-off. This provides an insight into the path we are already toeing as a management team to govern the operationalisation of not just the forthcoming Badagry, Ibom and Bonny Deep Seaports, but also of the reconstruction of the aged Tin-Can Port, where work is set to commence once we secure the necessary approvals from the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Federal Executive Council respectively,” the NPA boss said.

To him, automation remains the most veritable tool for assuring Port efficiency, which is why the NPA is working assiduously under the technical guidance of the International Maritime Organization to deploy the Port Community System (PCS) that will enable Nigeria to respond squarely to the dictates of global trade facilitation and optimise the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to which Nigeria is a signatory.

Bello-Koko also commended the tremendous backing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

He said both have over time played a key role from the initial construction stage and also granted fast-tracked approval for this historic exercise.

In the first phase, Lekki Port has a natural depth of 16.5 metres, a quay length of 680 metres, a breakwater of 1.909 metres, two container berths and marine services Jetty to handle containers as well as liquid and dry bulk.

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