History was made on Friday 01 July 2022, when the first ship to ever berth at the new Lekki Deep Seaport arrived.
The vessel “ZHEN HUA 28,” left Shanghai, China, on 17 May 2022, and arrived at Lekki Deep Sea Port at 13:29 hours Nigerian time on Friday 01 July 2022.
ZHEN HUA 28 delivered 3 Ship to Shores (STS) and 10 Rubber Tyre Gantries (RTG) cranes that will help in evacuation of cargoes from vessels to the shore.
The $1.5b new seaport, which is Nigeria’s first deep seaport, has an annual cargo tonnage of 4 million tons and container volume of 2.5 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units), with 3 container berths that are equipped to handle more than 1.8 million TEUs annually.
Speaking at the event, the managing director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said Lekki Port, when it commences operations, will be the first fully automated port at take-off in Nigeria.
He further stated that the successful delivery of the three STS and the RTG cranes was critical to the commencement of operations of the deep seaport.
Speaking earlier, the chairman, Lekki Port, Abiodun Dabiri, who stated that the port will become operational before the end of this year, added that the delivery of the evacuation equipment, will make Nigeria a shipping hub in West and Central Africa.
He stated further that aside from Lekki Deep Seaport, no other seaport in Nigeria can receive the 14m deep vessels of the type that brought the cranes into the country.