The Calabar Port Advanced, positioned in Cross Rivers State has acquired its maiden Marguisa Transport Line’s container vessel, a number of years after its concession.
The port has suffered patronage of container liners on account of draft limitations on the channel. At the moment, Calabar channel has a draft of 6.four meters at excessive tide, however requires Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to finish the dredging to the marketed draft of 9.four meters to draw common and larger tonnage.
However the berthing of the MV Boreas in Calabar signified a milestone achieved by way of the strategic advertising of Ecomarine Terminals Restricted, a terminal concessionaire in Calabar port.
The vessel has size of 116.23 meters, Gross Tonnage of 6569 and Internet Tonnage of 2874.
Inbuilt 2007, the vessel working for a Spain primarily based Marguisa, got here with each laden and empty containers and securely anchored at ECM Terminals at about 13.27 HRS.
The Basic Supervisor, ECM, Diran Akorede, who confirmed this in an announcement stated, “The berthing of the container vessel at our facility recently was the crowning moment of the several marketing efforts to attract a liner service to Calabar over the years.”
He acknowledged the partnership they’ve loved with NPA over time, particularly the dedication of the Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, who he famous from inception of her tenure has given precedence consideration to resolving a number of the key challenges which have bedevilled the port.
He additionally emphasised the necessity for her to make sure the completion of the dredging.
Based on him, “In October last year, we had preliminary discussion with Marguisa representative on possibility of commencing calls to Calabar. To make the call viable to Marguisa, we made several concessions on rates and co-opted other stakeholders into the efforts followed with road shows to sensitise potential clients. The maiden call of the vessel was the outcome of such efforts spearheaded by Ecomarine in conjunction with Marguisa,” he acknowledged.
Akorede stated, in preparation for receipt of container vessel, the terminal has invested massively on container dealing with gear from inception of the concession most of which have been idle ever since.
“We’re ISO licensed and have effectively documented processes to make sure transparency and effectivity in our service supply.
“Our methods are absolutely automated and the power is absolutely ISPS compliant. We even have paved stacking space that has remained unutilised over time.
“For us, we’ve got been ready from the inception and due to this fact dealt with the discharge operations in the perfect skilled method.
“As a port, our pact with Marguisa is to provide and ensure efficient service delivery, quick turnaround for their vessel and incentive scheme to support their voyage profitability. For us, the pact remains as long as the vessel continue to call our terminal,” he acknowledged.
Based on him, ECM Terminal is able to obtain extra container vessels with its ultra-modern cargo dealing with gear.
He stated the Calabar Port has been stricken by the problem of low draft on account of dredging of the channel.
The ECM supervisor due to this fact urged NPA to urgently full the dredging of the channel to the marketed draft of 9.4m to ease the problem in attracting container vessel to the terminal.
He additionally enjoined the ports authority to introduce a simpler incentive scheme such because the 30 per cent rebate hitherto in place earlier than the concession.
To additional facilitate patronage and straightforward evacuation of cargoes, he stated the federal government ought to guarantee fast completion of the street contract from Odukpani Junction by way of Ikot Ekpene to Aba, already awarded to Julius Berger.