History was made yesterday as Nigeria received its biggest-ever container vessel as the Maerskline Starderlhorn vessel docked at the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne Port at about 4:20 pm local time.
The Nigeria Ports Authority made this announcement via its verified Twitter handle.
The Nigerian Ports Authority is pleased to announce the successful berthing of the biggest Container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian port. pic.twitter.com/K9vAWh3NJX
— Nigerian Ports (@nigerianports) August 15, 2020
The Vessel, which is a flagship from Singapore has a length of 300 meters, a width of 48 meters and a capacity of 9,971 (TUEs)
The Onne Port is one of the major ports in the country for oil and gas exploration and it’s believed that the arrival of this vessel will ease the burden on the Apapa port and it will also boost economic activities in the region.
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If Onne port can receive the biggest vessel to land on the Nigerian space, then that is good news for the Apapa port because it is a sign of decongestion for Lagos state. All the fuel for the South South can go to Onne port. Great initiative NPA!
— Oluwole Dada (@oluwole_dada) August 16, 2020
If Onne Port can berth the "biggest container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian port", why are importers in the East being forced to use Lagos Ports?
Answer: Deliberate govt policies (excessive levies & duties) aimed at discouraging importers from using Eastern Ports. https://t.co/ogdvH5PEU0
— Mazi @FestusGreen 🇳🇬 (@FestusGreen) August 16, 2020
With the news coming out of ONNE port. I hope the conspiracy theories perish too.
LAGOS need to breathe a little, move your containers to ONNE.
— Alli-Balogun H.Lekan (@allibaloo) August 16, 2020
Rivers People Celebrate this news of the Biggest vessel ship in Nigeria arriving Onne
Cos you will be
Able to buy Cheap Cars
Girls don’t have to wait 1yr to receive items from ali express 😭
Entrepreneurs will diversify
Eastern importers(onitsha) etc will use here: (jobs)
— PH Point 1 (@ajuicygeorge) August 16, 2020
My last shipment was received at Onne. I choose my port of discharge, I can't stand the Lagos Wahala, bad road. Area Boys, all manners of levy, taxes, Omo n'ile and cost of transportation again down south? No way.
— Saint Austine (@Austineokoro) August 16, 2020
Really hope a critical mass of shippers start to select Onne as a destination so that more shipping lines can move there. Most shipping lines are just looking for the easiest place to dump their cargo. Onne just needs to crack volumes + supporting infrastructure.
— Tola (@adetolaov) August 16, 2020
Madam you are very wrong on this one. If you don't know what's happening at onne kindly don't speak. They clear everything in onne for crying out. WACT terminals operates 24hrs even with the total lockdown in the nation. MSKLINE is not stupid to berth at that port
— SamRambo (@djblacksam) August 16, 2020