15 fuel-laden ships waiting to berth at Lagos ports

22 October 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – THE Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has said that 96 ships are expected at various terminals in the Lagos ports from this weekend to November 20.

NPA said in its daily publication, “Shipping Position” made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the number included ships laden with petroleum products.

It reported that 15 of the vessels were laden with fuel and that of this figure, 10 ships were carrying petrol, all waiting to berth and discharge their cargo.

Another three are laden with base oil and rice, the publication said.

Others are carrying such items as fresh fish, bulk wheat, bulk malt, bulk sugar, new and used vehicles, containers and general cargo.

They are expected at Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, Josepdam Terminal, Ports and Cargo Handling Services Ltd., and the Tin-can Island Container Terminal

Other terminals where the ships are being expected include Greenview Development Nigeria Ltd., APM Terminals, Apapa and Ports and Terminal Multiservices Ltd.

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  • It is depressing to note that Nigeria has been sucked into a vortex of sorts regarding import dependent fuel consumption. The fact that Nigeria boasts of the 8th largest crude oil reserve in the world, is the 7th largest crude oil exporter nation, yet is totally dependent on imports of petroleum products for domestic consumption stands reason squarely on the head. Rather than import, the country should be exporting petroleum products. Those who superintend the petroleum industry in Nigeria should take note.

  • Nigeria anji kunya