…Cargo Throughput Increases Against 2017
…As Ship Traffic Drops
Posted by Maritime Newsroom
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recorded a great and superlative performance in terms of cargo throughput at the nation’s seaports as it is having recorded 18,729,889 metric tones of goods in the first quarter of 2018 as against the 17,250,334 metric tons of cargo the seaports received in the 4th quarter of 2017, indicating an increase of 8.6 per cent.
The inward traffic stood at 10,617,318 metric tons, representing 56.7 per cent of cargo throughput at the ports in the 1st quarter of 2018 while the outward cargo traffic was was said to be 8,112,671 metric tons representing 46.3 per cent of the total cargo traffic.
Regrettably, container traffic in the 1st quarter of 2018 drops as statistics shows that within the period under review container traffic stood at 387,016 Total Equivlent Unit (TEUs) indicating a decrease of 7.1% from 416,806 TEUs handled by the same ports i the 4th quarter of 2017.
According to a 1st quarter 2018 performance report released by the Nigerian Ports Authority through the Nigerian Port Consultative Council (PCC) at the quarterly meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, as attended by the PCC and its members which were drawn from various departments of the authority including the the Marine Police, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), terminal operators, vehicle traffic within the period under review drops as a total of 37, 584 vehicles were handles by NPA within the period under review showing a decrease of 13.2% from 43,338 units received in the previous quarter.
This decrease, investigation by the MARITIME NEWSROOM shows, is as a result of the low vehicular access to the ports in the Western ports caused by the vehicular traffic congestion along Apapa Oshodi Expressway in the recent time which is also caused by the much neglect on port access roads as well as the major road leading to nation’s seaports which ordinarily makes difficult for trucks moving out and bringing in empty containers to find it difficult to do so.
However, ship traffic was also affected with a downward slide on the volume of ships that called the Nigerian ports within the same period was 985 ships showing a decrease of 2.3% from 1,008 that called in 4th quarter of 2017.
This shows a gross tonnage of ship 31,693,650 as against 32,598,477 recorded in the 4th quarter of 2017, showing a decline of 2.8%.
The turn-around time of vessels stood at 3.8 days when compared with 4.1 day in 4th quarter of 2017.
A statistics also shows that berth occupancy rate was 32.8% as against 33.8% on 4th quarter 2017.
Therefore, 1st quarter 2018 witnessed a significant growth in cargo traffic when compared with 4th quarter of 2017, there was a decrease of 2.3% in the number of ships that call to our ports but the corresponding cargo traffic increase of 2.3% due to increase in export cargoes especially LNG shipment and agricultural products.
On the other hand however, there was an improvement in the turn-around time of vessels. This increase according to the report, is as a result of concerted effort of the Management of NPA to improvement on port infrastructure and aid implementation of Federal Government’s Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business.
One of such effort from NPA is the recent procurement of four tug boats to aid towage services.