Tin Can Island Port Breaks Records, Receives Largest-Ever Container Ship

Tin Can Island Port Breaks Records, Receives Largest-Ever Container Ship

  • The Management of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) has said the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos received the first-ever largest container vessel
  • The Port Manager Tin Can Island Port Complex hailed the move as a milestone for the Lagos-based Port
  • The Assistant Harbour Master TinCan Captain Simpa Habib stated that the MSC Maureen was the largest carrier to call at the Lagos Pilotage district

The Nigerian Ports Authority recorded another milestone with the berthing on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the TinCan Island Port Complex of the largest-ever container vessel to call at the Lagos Pilotage District.

The Vessel MSc Maureen had a Length Overall (LOA) of 300M and a breadth of 40m carrying a Gross Tonnage of 75,590 and a Dead weight of 85,810Tonnes, berthed at the Port, leading to the record-breaking feat, according to the Nigerian Tribune

Nigeria Ports Authority, Tin Can Island
Management of Tin Can Island Port in Lagos receiving the container vessel' Credit: NPA
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Speaking at the Quay Side where he received the Vessel, the Port Manager TinCan Island Port Complex, Jibril Buba, noted that this development is a testament to the readiness to receive vessels despite the pressing need for rehabilitation which the Management of the Authority is working on under the guidance of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

Port management hail move as historic

Explaining further the Assistant Harbour Master TinCan Captain Simpa Habib clarified that the distinguishing historic feature of MSC Maureen was the fact that it is the largest ever commercial carrier to call at the Lagos Pilotage district, noting that the EGINA that preceded it was a Floating Production and Storage unit for Oil and Gas operations.

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Recall that the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello Koko, had stated that the Authority was at the final stages of securing approvals for the reconstruction of TinCan and rehabilitation of infrastructure across all Port locations in readiness for increased port competitiveness as the Management team puts modalities in place to position Nigerian Ports to service the cargo needs of landlocked neighbouring countries through trans-shipment.

Stakeholders speak on Ease of Doing Business at seaports, hail Nigerian Ports Authority MD Bello Koko

Legit.ng reported that stakeholders in the maritime sector and licensed customs agents have commended the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko for the massive improvement in the ease of doing business at Nigeria's seaports.

Some critical stakeholders who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed satisfaction at the improvement in traffic on the port access road virtually rendered activity at the Lagos ports comatose before Bello-Koko’s reforms.

Visits to Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar also showed massive improvement in infrastructure and orderliness as against what was obtainable at the ports a few years ago.

Source: Legit.ng

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