watcher charges NPA on more work
200 vessels in six months.
The reaction came even as an industry watcher, Samuel
Egbewole, frowned on the Authority’s celebration of one ship a day berthing,
which 200 ships berthing in 6 months duration, actually translates into, tasking
the present NPA Management to work harder, rather than celebrate little
handicap of Warri Port is the 7metre draft, worsened by the peculiar
positioning of the NNPC pipelines.
shallow channel, as a result of the NNPC Pipeline that crosses the channel. The
average depth of most vessels is 15 meters and above, so it is impossible for
such vessel to patronize Warri Port.
government really wants to decongest Lagos port and save the roads in this
country which are currently under unnecessary pressure-cost by haulage of heavy
equipment, from Lagos to Niger Delta Operations base of the Oil & Gas
firms; and also to other parts of the country, it would be easier to access it
from Warri Port, due to its mid location.
crossing the Warri Port Channel or re-lay it to acceptable depth for all
vessels to access Warri Port. Advancement in subsea Pipe laying technology has
now made that possible for such depth to be achieved”, he pointed out further,
stressing that revamping Warri Port, would in addition assist in alleviating
the pronounced poverty in the environment, which currently has been worsened by
to solve the problems that have impoverished the region, as this will create employment,
boost business activities, empower the region economically and stop youths’
restiveness in Niger Delta.
Niger Delta were operational, there was nothing like militancy or agitation.
of Nigeria that has only one operational port. It is a good thing that the
current ministers for both ministries (ministry of Transport and Petroleum) are
from the region. Charity, they say begins at home. A word is enough for the
wise”, the port user stated.
the Warri Port, and that his personal account has not revealed or affirm the
presence of some 200 foreign trading vessels in the port.
difficult to get regular vessel coming to Warri and when you are able to secure
a vessel coming to Warri Port, it very much would have off load all its
consignments in all other Ports to enable it stay afloat before coming to Warri
as last Port of discharge. This causes unnecessary delay, (sometimes, incurring
between 3 and 6 months) in shipping, through the Warri Port for importers.”
on ground, the industry watcher tasks the Authority to brainstorm more and
deliver more to the country, stressing that the idea of chest thumping for
attracting a ship-a-day to Warri, with the huge amount sunk into dredging calls
for no celebration.
a lot of potentials. Warri was once the anchor that held Sapele and transformed
it into a celebrated terrain that we once celebrated. Warri was the envied
domain of the seafarers. Warri was once the preferred trading post of the
British trading vessels. We expect her by now, to be discussing with the NNPC,
on the relocation or re-positioning of the under-ground pipelines; not
celebrating that only one ship berths there now, averagely per day. Any
Maritime denominated Chief Executive can do that,” he concluded.
Adams Jatto, explained that the 200 vessel berthing was indeed for a period of
six month, post -dredging, maintaining that before dredging the port, foreign-trading
vessels visiting the port were scarce and far in-between.