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A Waf Max Vessel

A Waf Max Vessel

The establishment of a dedicated and committed company for the maintenance dredging of the nation’s channel
by the erstwhile Managing Director of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi, paid off recently
when the largest tanker to ever berth in Nigeria, a 60,000 metric tons petroleum products carrier berthed at Tin Can Island Port, in Lagos.
The Navig8 Exceed sailed in to the MRS jetty around 4:30am, straight from Belgium shortly after which a celebration began, attended by two Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and several heads of parastatals, who not only took the opportunity to confirm that the nation’s channels are seriously and positively improving,
but also to laud the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) for going the extra mile, to ensure the realization of the remarkable feat.
“This vessel is certainly very big. And if it could be manouvered in and berthed in Tin Can, then by all means, it means all the stories we have heard about the LCM is indeed true”, a guest, Chief Emmanuel Adegbola indicated,
pointing out that he was genuinely amazed.
When the view of NIMASA Head of Corporate Communications, Isichei Osamgbi was sought, he said the development truly points to the confidence foreign shipping operators have both of Nigeria, as well as the nation’s Ports.
It was learnt that the Lagos Channel Management, once notified of the intention by the relevant stakeholders: the MRS and Dantata Group to be bringing such giant tankers to deliver products to tank farmers, immediately went to its drawing board, first getting it right on the computers, before committing to actualize it, in the channel.
“The LCM told us it was a dream they could help us realize.
For several days, they worked nonstop both day and night. We are there now!”, a senior staff of the MRS said, on conditions of anonymity since he was not endorsed to talk to the media, pointing out that tank farm operators
would find it more efficient and cost effective to use larger vessels.
Efforts to speak with the LCM Managing Director, Danny Fuchs was futile as he was not available.
Industry watchers have high expectations and regards for the LCM in Lagos and the Bonny Channel Company in Port Harcourt as unarguably, the nation’s foremost dredgers.