BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has introduced a new dimension to solving the perennial Apapa traffic by slashing harbour dues at the Eastern ports.
The slashing of the harbour dues, will attract vessels to the Eastern port and decongest the Lagos ports respectively.
General manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, NPA, Engr. Adams Jatto who disclosed this yesterday, said the slashing of dues is part of efforts to increase patronage at the Eastern Ports.
He said, “The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has approved a 10 percent reduction in harbour dues for all concessioned terminals. The discount which is to be enjoyed by vessels that call at the NPA concessioned terminals are to take immediate effect.”
Jatto, further stated that the management has approved the discount on harbour dues in all concession terminals at the Eastern Ports. According to him, the ports that will be affected by this initiative are Calabar, Rivers and Delta Ports.
Though, the statement exempted vessels that call at private jetties and those carrying liquid-bulk from the new initiative.
The statement reads, “The Authority, however, wishes to clarify that this discount will only apply to harbour dues payable by the following types of vessels/cargoes: Container vessels with at least 250 TEUs; General cargo vessels with at least 16,000 MT; Combo Vessels with at least 16,000 MT and RORO Vessels with at least 250 units of vehicles.
He stated further, “these discounts shall not apply to: Vessels coming IN BALLAST; Vessels calling at private jetties and vessels calling carrying Liquid bulk. The application of these discounts will take immediately effect.”
Recall that the managing director of NPA, Hadiza Bala -Usman said reduction in the tariff at eastern ports will attract vessels to the port. She said, “We must look at our tariff across board.
“We have reviewed our tariff earlier and only NPA did it and when I mean review of tariff across board, NPA tariff has to come down, NIMASA should review their cabotage tariff. Customs tariff should come down so that if the differential between ports in Lagos and eastern port is 30 per cent, people can be motivated given that security had been addressed,” she said.
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