NPA moves to tackle congestion at Lagos Port Complex

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has disclosed that it would begin, from Monday, January 27, to divert vessels waiting to berth, to terminals where there are enough capacity to handle them immediately.

The information is contained in a statement by Engr. Jatto Adams, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication at the NPA.

Accordingly, the NPA said it decided on the strategy to decongest the port, following the recent increase in waiting time for vessels to berth.

It said: “In response to the recent increase in the waiting time of vessels calling at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, the Nigerian Ports Authority have met with shipping companies and terminal operators and arrived at the following decisions aimed at immediately resolving the congestion in the Lagos Pilotage District.

“As from Monday January 27, 2020, vessels which have waited to berth at any terminal within the Lagos Pilotage District will be diverted to other terminals with capacity to berth vessels within the district.”

The NPA, however, added that it would go on to divert vessels to the eastern ports, should it become difficult for any vessel to be discharged within four days.

“In the event that all terminals in Lagos cannot discharge any vessels within four days, such vessels will be diverted to the Eastern Ports (other pilotage districts) for immediate berthing.

“The Authority will liaise with other relevant government agencies on behalf of stakeholders to expedite the clearance of vessels and cargoes, where necessary.

The NPA explained that the actions would be taken to promote the Ease of Doing Business Policy of the Federal Government and curtail the negative economic impact that the long turnaround time of vessels has on stakeholders.

It promises to solicit the cooperation of all stakeholders.