Nige­rian ports re­ceived 5,090 ships in 2015 – Re­port

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

About 5,090 oceans go­ing ves­sels with a Gross Ton­nage (GT) of 144.20mil­lion tonnes called at the Nige­rian ports in 2015, a re­port has said.

The an­nual re­port of 2015 re­leased by the Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity (NPA) showed that all the ports recorded a de­crease in gross ton­nage of car­gos re­ceived dur­ing the year.

The Delta Port Com­plex was worst hit by the cargo de­cline as it recorded a gross ton­nage of 7.5m tonnes, show­ing a de­crease of 33.5 per cent from the year 2014 fig­ure of 11.3m gross tonnes.

Rivers Port Com­plex was sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected. Its GT went down by 29 per cent to 4.4m tonne com­pared with 6.2m gross tonnes achieved the pre­vi­ous year.

GT at the Lagos Port Com­plex (LPC) de­clined by 3.9 per cent from 22.2m tonnes to 21.3m.

Tin can Is­land Port recorded 7.1 per cent de­crease as its gross ton­nage went down to16.2m tonne from the 17.5m recorded in 2014.

Cal­abar Port Com­plex recorded 2.1m tonne of GT, show­ing a de­cline of 9.2 per cent from 2.3m gross tonnes in 2014.

For Onne Port Com­plex, there is a mar­ginal one per cent de­crease of GT from 26.8m in 2014 to 26.5m.

Mean­while, the cargo through­put for the year stood at 195.9 met­ric tonnes (MT) which showed a mar­ginal in­crease of 0.8 per cent over the 194.4m achieved in 2014, a state­ment by the au­thor­ity’s spokesman, Capt. Iheana­cho Ebubeogu, said.

Cargo through­put is the to­tal vol­ume of cargo (in­ward and out­ward) han­dled in all the port lo­ca­tions dur­ing the pe­riod un­der re­view.

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