The Kota Cantik, a 300m long overall vessel, berthed in Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, bringing with it the largest container carrier in the port’s history.
This was disclosed by the port in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, the extraordinary development is evidence of the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, led by Mohammed Bello-Koko, dedication to continuing investment in port infrastructure and machinery that support operational excellence.
The statement read in part, “The vessel christened Kota Cantik, which is translated to mean “beautiful point,” is designed to carry up to 6600 twenty-equivalent units at a time, signalling a turning point and signposting the possibilities that improved infrastructure and equipment upgrades can offer.”
Bello-Koko emphasized NPA’s commitment to outfitting the ports for performance that meets and in some cases surpasses stakeholders’ expectations at the recent commissioning of two cutting-edge control towers.
Earlier, the Port Manager of the Lagos Port Complex, Mr. Charles Bamidele Okaga, while reacting to the development, said that Apapa Port is poised to continuously improve on the quality of service that made the milestone possible.
He equally assured the shipping company, Pacific International Line, that the requisite efficiencies to berth the 350-meter LOA expected are already in place.
Okaga said that the exceptional delivery by Apapa Port, coming on the heels of the reception in the month of May of MSc Maureen, a vessel with a length overall of 300m and a breadth of 40m, which berthed at the Tin Can Island Port Complex in Lagos.
“This demonstrates the authority’s readiness to create and sustain improved performance,” the port manager said.