9th September, 2011
The hope of Nigerian ports becoming the hub in the West and Central African sub-region may not be far after the successful berthing of a Maersk vessel,Â Maersk Conakry, the largest container carrying vessel recently visited Nigerian ports, at the facilities of APM Terminals Apapa Limited inside the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, Lagos.
Speaking at a reception for the vessel, which is one of the West Africa Max (WAFMAX) vessel, Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria Limited, Mr. David Skov, said that the successful berthing of the WAFMAX vessel will go a long way to solidify Apapaâ€™s position as one of the leading ports in Africa, which, according to him, supports Nigerian Ports Authorityâ€™s NPA vision to become the leading port in Africa.
Skov said: â€œThe key to sustaining the impressive growth rate of the Nigerian economy is to inject additional vessels capacity without increasing the port stay of the vessels serving the Nigerian ports. Maersk Line and the Nigerian Ports Authority are facilitating further trade growth by creating such additional capacity through bigger vessels operations with improved productivity.”