By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced that it has received its ever biggest container vessel.
In a statement signed by Jatto A Adams the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA said, the Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel with Length overall of 300 metres, width of 48 metres was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne in Rivers State on Saturday.
It said the vessel, which has a capacity of 9,971(TEUs) is a flagship from Singapore.
The vessel, which was brought in from Fairway Bouy Bonny with the aid of three Tugboats operated by three of the Authority’s pilots was received by Ports Manager of the Onne Ports, Mr. Alhasssan Abubakar.
The statement said NPA was delighted to state that the landmark arrival of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessel at the Onne Ports was a result of management’s determination to improve the patronage of the Eastern Ports.
“It is an indication of the fact that the Eastern Ports are equipped to receive all manner of vessels and an expansion of the options of consignees in the Eastern and northern parts of the country.”
The Management of the NPA congratulated its team at the Onne Ports Management and appreciated all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge.