By Innocent Orok
The Lekki Deep Seaport has continued to record historic feats since starting operation last year. First, its received the biggest vessel to berth in Nigerian ports and today, it received the first LNG, CMA , CGM vessel to berth not only in Nigeria, but the entire West African region .
Showing excitement, Governor Babajide Sanwo-0lu of Lagos State has this to say on his X handle:
“It is nice to start off the week with some great news today; the LNG-powered CMA CGM SCANDOLA, a 14,812 TEUs container vessel, has made history by berthing at the Lekki Deep Sea Port—the most modern and deepest seaport in Nigeria.
“The CMA CGM SCANDOLA is the first LNG-powered container vessel to sail to West Africa, arriving in Tema before making its mark at Lekki Port. It is important to note that the Lekki Deep Sea Port is the only port in Nigeria with the facilities to receive such large container vessels.
“I’m proud of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lekki Freeport Terminal, and CMA CGM for elevating Nigeria’s maritime industry. The key to economic prosperity lies within the Lekki Economic Zone”.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello- Koko, earlier today joined the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-0lu and other stakeholders to welcome the largest container vessel (LNG-Powered) to berth in Nigeria.
The CMA CGM SCANDOLA has a length overall (LoA) of 366 meters and a width of 51 meters and it is the first LNG-powered container vessel to sail to West Africa.
Apart from its distinctive feature of eco-friendliness, “Scandola” ranks amongst the largest container ships to be calling in West Africa with about 15,000 TEUs.
Lekki Deep Seaport’s natural depth of 16 meters added to its multifaceted efficiencies, state-of-the-art equipment and robust infrastructure which offers a capacity of up to 1.2 million TEUs in this phase 1 positions the Port to serve as a mega transshipment hub to Nigeria’s neighboring countries in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond.
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