Nigeria Seaports record 2.3% increase in cargo traffic in Q1





Cargo traffic at Nigeria Seaports recorded a 2.3 per cent increase in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the 4th quarter of 2017.

Disclosing this recently at the Quarterly meeting of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC) meeting, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said the increase was particularly from export cargoes including LNG shipment and agricultural produce.

The meeting was attended by the PCC and its members, who were drawn from various departments of the authority including the marine police, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and terminal operators.

Interestingly, vessels call to the nation’s seaports recorded a 2.3 per cent drop in spite of recording the same percentage growth in cargo traffic within the same period, as the figures dropped from 1,008 vessels in the 4th quarter of 2017 to 985 vessels during the period under review.

The gap in the vessels call to the ports could be linked to the problems of the dilapidated port access roads and some government policies.

Presenting  mixed fortunes however, the ports recorded an impressive cargo throughput within the period under review with 18,729,889 metric tons of goods in the first quarter of 2018, as against the 17,250,334 metric tons of cargo the seaports received in the 4th quarter of 2017, indicating an increase of 8.6 per cent.

The inward traffic stood at 10,617,318 metric tons, representing 56.7 per cent of cargo throughput at the ports in the 1st quarter of 2018, while the outward cargo traffic was said to be 8,112,671 metric tons representing 46.3 per cent of the total cargo traffic.

Turn-around time of vessels stood at 3.8 days compared to 4.1 day in the 4th quarter of 2017, while berth occupancy rate was 32.8 per cent as against 33.8 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2017.

The report, however, showed a gross tonnage of ship from 31,693,650 as against 32,598,477 recorded in the 4th quarter of 2017, showing a decline of 2.8 per cent.

Likewise, container traffic in the 1st quarter of 2018 dropped as statistics showed that within the period under review, container traffic stood at 387,016 Total Equivalent Unit (TEUs),indicating a decrease of 7.1 per cent from 416,806 TEUs handled by the same ports in the 4th quarter of 2017.

Also, vehicle traffic within the period under review dropped as a total of 37, 584 vehicles were handled by NPA within the period under review, showing a decrease of 13.2 per cent from 43,338 units received in the previous quarter.