The determination and commitment of the Mohammed Bello Koko-led management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to drive up vessel traffic in all the Eastern ports has paid off with the growing fortunes of Calabar, Warri and Onne ports.
The Calabar port complex has just received its largest tonnage of a Single General Cargo Vessel, the biggest in several years.
The vessel — MV HAI JIN JIANG SH — with International Maritime Organization (IMO) No: 9579729 carrying gross tonnage of 32,390 arrived Calabar Port on Sunday, November 27, 2022 with a general cargo of 47,129 metric tons and 26 heavy duty trucks.
This is coming on the heels of the reception on September 24, 2022 of MV Yong Jin, with LOA of 190 metres carrying about 11,800 metric tons of general cargo, comprising 107 heavy-duty trucks, buses, and pipes, among others.
The Managing Director of NPA, Mr Mohammed Bello Koko had in the course of his tour of the Eastern ports earlier this year, made a commitment to drive up vessel traffic in all the Eastern ports.
He had said: “Our resolve to drive up vessel traffic in all the Eastern Ports is no fluke and we have given all the Port Managers the Management backing to churn out and implement initiatives geared towards this goal.”