The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in the first half of 2012 performance shows an increased gross tonnage of ocean-going vessels, container, and vehicle traffic respectively, as against the preceding period in 2011.
The total gross tonnage of the ocean going vessels stood at 60,230,440 which showed a growth of 2 percent over 2011 half year figure of 59,070,867.
According to available statistics signed by NPA, General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi, revealed that the laden container throughput stood at 438,049 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in first half 2012, indicating an increase of 15.2 percent over 380,114 TEUs recorded within the same period in 2011.
While empty container throughput stood at 332,917 TEUs, showing a rise of 25.2 percent over 2011 half year figure of 265,827 TEUs.
Also, vehicle traffic in the period under review stood at 129,389 units, representing a 35.2 percent increase over 2011 first half figure of 95,676 units.
Ajayi stated that this improvement recorded can be attributed to the on-going and consistent effort made by the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority to regularly engage in dredging of our channels to ensure that they are deeper, safer and more navigable.
“This has paved the way for our ports to attract bigger vessels with large tonnages, he added.
“The Managing Director, NPA Mallam Habib Abdullahi on assumption of office said that further developments will be intensified to ensure that our goal to be the hub of West and Central Africa is realised.”