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Importers Move Vessels To Eastern Ports As Apapa Traffic Persist



Lagos Despite insecurity and shallow channel at Eastern Ports, importers have started diverting their cargoes to Calabar Ports due to persistent traffic gridlock on the port access road. The traffic gridlock at the Lagos ports, which stakeholders said has defied all solutions, have made evacuation of cargoes out of the port increasingly difficult and a nightmare to importers and clearing agents. The traffic has also driven-up the cost of hiring trucks by clearing agents by over 200 percent and increased cargo evacuation time. However, importers are
finding solace in the eastern ports which have suffered neglect, prolonged period of low vessels traffic, and shipping activities. According to the shipping position of the Nigerian Ports Authority sighted by LEADERSHIP yesterday, the Eastern Port is progressively picking up as over 10 ships are berthing at Calabar Port with bulk and general cargoes. Leading the resurgence of cargo traffic are premium motor spirit, bulk maize, bulk wheat and automotive gas oil. A total of 16,000 metric tonnes of bulk wheat and 4,000mt of butane are expected to be discharged at the port by various vessels between the end of August and the first week in September, the daily shipping position of the Calabar Pilotage District reveals. In the same breadth, MT Adebomi 3 and MT Oluwaseun will deliver a total of 15, 967.750mt of premium motor spirit or petrol at the port. According to district Shipping Position covering the period, other vessels are expected to discharge other goods which include general cargo. These vessels include MV Queen Esther, MV Desert Unity, MV Agamba, Brenda Corlette, among others.




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