A total of 5,541 ocean going vessels with a total of 147,852,920 gross registered tonnage (GRT) called at Nigerian ports in 2014. Also, a total of 86,603,903 metric tons of cargo were moved through the nation’s seaports in 2014, showing an increase of 12.64 per cent over the 2013 figure of 76,886,997 metric tons.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) disclosed this in a statement detailing performance for the year, which shows that ship traffic and cargo throughput maintained steady increase in the period under review.
Of the 86,603,903 metric tons of cargo, Liquefied Natural Gas shipment topped the figure, accounting for 21,679,330 metric tons, indicating an increase of 12.1 per cent over the 19,341,663 metric tons recorded in 2013. Thus, NPA said the Nigerian LNG has maintained its reputation as a reliable and secure supplier of LNG, which has been the major contributor to the continued growth of its shipment and results posted in the last year under review.
The NPA statement also noted that the year under review also showed strong growth in the general cargo trade as it recorded 14,502,263 metric tons of cargo, which represents an increase of 21.2 per cent over 11,964,978 metric tons in 2013. Dry Bulk cargo stood at 9,843,199 metric tons, showing an increase of 3.2 percent over 9,537,442 metric tons achieved in 2013.
Refined Petroleum product was 20,736,699 metric tons, an increase of 6.8 percent over 19,416,043 metric tons in 2013. Laden Container Throughput was 1,063,380 twenty feet equivalent units (TEUs), a growth of 5.2 percent over 1,010,836TEUs in 2013. Empty Container Throughput was 790,586 TEUs, an increase of 10.3 percent over 717,011 TEUs in 2013.This shows that Nigeria remains a significant hub of containerized goods in the West and Central Africa sub region.
Crude oil shipment stood at 107,880,239 metric tons, an increase of 0.2 percent over 107,686,011 metric tons in 2013.
As regards ship traffic, the Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) recorded a 36,969,456 GRT, showing an increase of 7.2 per cent over 34,466,291 gross tons achieved in the same period of 2013. But Tin can Island Port recorded a 17 per cent increase in the gross registered tonnage, achieving 50,011,289 gross tons in 2014 as against the 42,758,161 gross tons recorded in 2013.
Calabar Port complex recorded a total GRT of 4,085,903 showing an increase of 46.3 per cent compare with 2,792,488 gross tons recorded in 2013. Rivers Port complex recorded a total Gross registered tonnage of 7,304,591, representing 14.2 per cent growth over 6,394,270 gross tons achieved in the corresponding period of 2013.
Onne Port complex recorded a GRT of 41,854,687, reflecting an increase of 7.4 per cent over 38,967,131 gross tons recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. Delta Port Complex recorded 7,626,994 gross tons showing an increase of 21.1 per cent over the year 2013 figure of 6,295,995 gross tons.
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority; Habib Abdullahi said, “management will continue to pay attention to first and foremost, improving existing port infrastructures in the areas of rehabilitation of port quay walls and aprons, deepening of our channels, upgrading of our common user facilities and wreck removal from our channels.
The resultant effect, according to him is that bigger vessels like West Africa Maximum (WAFMAX) with a length overall 232.33 meters and capacity of 4,500 TEUS requiring draught of 13.5 Meters, has started visiting Nigerian ports due to its consistent dredging campaign.
On ship traffic into all the ports, NPA in the statement added that, all its ports recorded improvements in 2014.
The statement attributed the overall increase in the GRT recorded by the various ports to the capital and maintenance dredging of the ports’ channels by its Joint Venture (JV) Companies.