Cargo throughput up by 4.9% in Nigerian ports
October 16, 2012 15:56
Lagos, Oct. 16, 2012 (NAN) The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday said that Nigerian ports had recorded a 4.9 per cent increase in cargo throughput.
Chief Micheal Ajayi, the General Manager, Public Affairs of NPA, said this in the monthly performance report made available to newsmen in Lagos.
It said that a total of 6.8 million tonnes of cargo throughput was recorded in August 2012, up from 6.6 million tonnes recorded in the corresponding period of 201.
The report said that in the month under review, a total of 1.31 million tonnes of general cargo were handled.
``The laden container throughput stood at 75,056 TEU’s in August 2012 over 71,263 TEUs recorded in August 2011’’ it said.
The report indicated that empty container throughput was 67,739 TEU’s , representing 34.3 per cent increase over 50,456 TEUs recorded in August 2011.
According to the document, vehicle traffic was 25,531 units in August 2012, up from 22,722 units recorded in August 2011.
The report said NPA had increased gross tonnage of ocean going vessels which was put at 10.80 million compared to 10.02 million recorded in August 2011.
The document said that 1,809 coastal vessels arrived the ports in August 2012, representing a four per cent increase over 1,739 vessels recorded in August 2011.
It said that the gross tonnage of the coastal vessels was 708,584, a rise of 8.6 per cent over the August 2011 figure of 652,437.
The NPA Managing Director, Alhaji Habib Abdullahi said that the operational statistics would still improve, given the efforts of the Federal Government.
Abdullahi said that some government’s efforts included revamping of the rail and road networks as well as the speedy clearance of goods from the ports.
``The NPA has continued to attract bigger vessels with large volume of cargo as a result of its consistent effort in regular dredging and maintenance of our channels,’’ he said.
Abdullahi said that more efforts would be put into ports infrastructure, road, and removal of wrecks.
He assured that efforts would also be put into rehabilitation of the rail system to encourage quick turn around time of vessels, speedy clearance of cargo and greater efficiency in all ports in Nigeria. (NAN)