Calabar Port Berths First Massive Vessel in Three Years

For the first time in more than 36 months, the Calabar Port received its first large vessel. The 190 metre ship which came with 204 heavy-duty trucks, 22 cubic metres of pipes and other containers, berthed at the port on Thursday.

Port Manager, Festus Olumati, who addressed reporters in Calabar on Friday in Calabar, declared that indeed the ship berthed in the facility three years after it received the last vessel. According to him, the development is an indication that the port is still viable and of economic benefit to both the state and country, adding that it was safe for berthing, hence the need for customers to patronise it to clear their general containers.

“In the past three years, it has never been like this. We are happy to tell the world that we are receiving a cargo vessel that we have not had in the past three years

“The significance of the berthing of this vessel is to tell the world that Calabar Port is active and working. The rumour going round that nothing is happening in Calabar Port is fake.

“The length of this vessel is 190 metres, and this has never happened in recent times at Calabar Port.

“The cargo on board is 204 trucks, 22 cubic meters of general cargo, especially pipes, and we also have some containers in it,” he said.

Olumati pointed out that the berthing of the ship is in line with the determination of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to revamp the port with a view to attracting customers. According to him, the coming on stream of the port will go a long way in generating employment for Calabar residents.

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