Lekki port receives largest container vessel

The Nigerian Ports Authority says the Lekki Deep Seaport has received the largest container vessel to sail on the Nigerian territorial waters.

In a statement on Sunday, NPA said that the vessel christened, ‘Maersk Edirne’, measures 367M in length.

According to the Managing Director of NPA, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, the vessel has a breadth of 48.2 and carried a gross registered tonnage of 142,131metric tonnes.

The management added that the vessel came with cargo from two of the largest container shipping lines in the world, CMA CGM and Maersk.

However speaking on the recent carrier, Bello-Koko said, “The new vessel had a dead weight tonnage of 147,340 metric tonnes, constituting 3,376 total cargo onboard. The vessel was navigated by the highly experienced and thoroughly equipped pilots of the NPA,”

Bello-Koko said that the development validated the assurance given by the agency, during the signing of the presidential / ministerial performance bond in December 2023 that, “the authority under my watch is poised to provide the leadership and technical guidance required to maximise the potentials inherent in our marine and blue economy.”

The NPA boss commended Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, for the consistent support and endorsement of the authority’s initiatives, “and investments in employee upskilling and equipment renewal which made this milestone seamlessly achievable,”

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