The reconstruction of Tincan Island ports quay sides which is in a deteriorating state is billed to commence as soon as the Federal Executive Council grants its approval.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko stated this while receiving the Zhen Hua 28, the heavy carrier that shipped the first equipments from Shanghai to the Lekki Port
On the delivery of the equipments, the NPA boss said the equipments were critical for the Lekki Deep Seaport to commence operations before the end of year 2022.
Enthused Bello-Koko stated that the Lekki port would not only be the first Nigeria’s deep seaport but the first fully automated from take-off stage.
According to him, delivery of the equipments at the Lekki seaport, provides insight into the path the agency is toeing to govern the operational activities of the both the forthcoming deep seaports in Badagry, Ibom and Bonny and reconstruction of ‘aged aged Tincan Port.’
Bello-Koko said work was set to commence at the Tincan Port once all necessary approvals from the Federal Executive Council are obtained.
His words, “For us at the Nigerian Ports Authority, the coming on stream of Lekki symbolizes 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 operationalization of not just the forthcoming Badagry, Ibom and Bonny Deep Seaports, but also of the reconstruction of the aged Tincan Port, where work is set to commence once approvals from the Federal Executive Council respectively.”
Meanwhile in preparation for commencement of operations in September, the Lekki Port on Friday said it took delivery of 3 Super Post Panamax state-of-the-art Ship to Shore cranes and 10 Rubber Tyred Gantries.
He stated that the successful delivery of the cranes is a testament to the unflinching commitment of the Authority to providing the support necessary for placing Nigeria on the global list of countries with deep seaports.
He added that the successful delivery of the equipments demonstrated the agency’s readiness to take trade facilitation to a notch higher.
Bello-Koko believes that automation remains the only tool for assuring port efficiency which according to him, is why the NPA is working assiduously under the technical guidance of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to deploy the Port Community System (PCS) that will enable Nigeria respond squarely to the dictates of global trade facilitation and optimiser the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement to which Nigeria is a signatory.
Commending the president, Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Ministry of Transportation, he said they have both played key roles from the construction stage and also granted fast track approval for the project.
In the first phase, Lekki Port has a natural depth of 16.5 meters, 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 bulk cargoes.
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