Presidential Media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi has announced that there is a prospective collaboration between Nigerian Maritime agencies to start moving containers from Lagos to Onitsha. https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/1295111980919947269?s=19
This comes a few days after the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) announced that it had successfully berthed the biggest container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian Port.
According to the tweet from the official account of the NPA, The Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel with Length overall of 300 meters, a width of 48 meters was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne in Rivers State at 1620 hours on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The vessel, which has a capacity of 9,971(TEUs) is a flagship from Singapore. https://twitter.com/nigerianports/status/1294770425705238528?s=19
The Maritime agencies involved are; The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Shippers Council.
It should be pointed out that barges are long flat bottomed boats that are used to convey freights through canals and rivers.
This new development is significant considering the fact a significant number of the containers that berth in Apapa goes straight to the South-Eastern part of the country. Thus, the plan is expected to help cut down shipping costs for many businesses.
Furthermore, transporting containers through barges would also help reduce the rate of accidents caused by trailers transporting containers across the country.