Lekki Deep Seaport receives its first freighter

The successful delivery of three Super Post Panamax Ship to Shore cranes and 10 rubber tyred gantry cranes to Lekki deep seaport is testament to the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to provide the necessary support to place the Nigeria on the world list of countries. with deep water ports, said Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of NPA.

Speaking in Lagos on Friday when he received the marine vessel ‘Zhen Hua 28’, the heavy lift carrier which shipped the equipment from Shanghai, Bello-Koko said the equipment was essential for the Lekki Deep Seaport begins operations before the end of 2022.

According to him, the delivery of the equipment listed above is a demonstration of the NPA’s willingness to take trade facilitation one step further, as the port is equipped to improve Nigeria’s fortunes in maritime trade.

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“For us at the Nigerian Ports Authority, the commissioning of Lekki symbolizes a lot of positives. Apart from being Nigeria’s first deep water port, Lekki Port will also be the first fully automated take-off port. This provides insight into the path we are already following as a management team to govern the operationalization of not only the future seaports of Badagry, Ibom and Bonny Deep, but also the reconstruction of the former Tin-Can port. , where work is planned. begin once we get the necessary approvals from the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Executive Council respectively,” Bello-Koko said.

He said that automation remains the most true tool to ensure port efficiency, therefore the NPA is working diligently under the technical guidance of the International Maritime Organization to deploy the port community system that will enable the Nigeria to respond squarely to the dictates of global trade facilitation and maximize the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to which Nigeria is a signatory.

Meanwhile, Lekki Deep Seaport @LekkiPort tweeted on Wednesday June 01, 2022 that the level of construction at the port site has now reached a remarkable 91.86%.

“We continue to work closely with EPC Contractor, China Harbor Engineering LFTZ Enterprise & Project Management Consultants, Louis Berger International to ensure that we stay on track for the start of operations by September 22,” the company said. direction of the port in the tweet.