The largest container vessel to ever call at the Lagos Pilotage District has been berthed at the TinCan Island Port Complex, marking yet another milestone for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The vessel, MSc Maureen, has an overall length (LOA) of 300 meters and a width of 40 meters with a gross tonnage of 75,590 tons, while its dead weight is 85,810 tons.
Receiving the vessel at the Quay Side, the Port Manager, TinCan Island Port Complex, Mr Jibril Buba, said the development is a testament to the readiness to receive vessels despite the pressing need for rehabilitation of the port.
According to him, the Management of Authority is working assiduously on under the guidance of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
Elucidating further, the Assistant Harbour Master TinCan Captain, Simpa Habib, clarified that the distinguishing historic feature of MSC Maureen is 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.
Persecondnews recalls that the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko, had stated that the Authority was at conclusive stages of securing approvals for the reconstruction of TinCan and rehabilitation of infrastructure across all port locations in readiness for increased port competitiveness.
He said the Management team is putting modalities in place to position Nigerian ports to service the cargo needs of landlocked neighbouring countries through transshipment.