By By Godwin Oritse & Eguono Odjegba
BARELY one month after handling its first gearless vessel and the largest container ship to call at Onne Port, leading container terminal operator, West Africa Container Terminal, WACT, has handled another large gearless box ship deployed by top Far Eastern shipping line, Pacific International Lines, PIL.
The feat has effectively created an alternative to the Lagos ports, which before now were the only ports dealing with such class of vessels in Nigeria.
The PIL gearless ship named Kota Kasturi with a capacity of 3, 081 Twenty Equivalent Units, TEU, of containers, berthed at WACT terminal, Onne Port, Rivers State, last Wednesday.
The particular Commercial Manager of WACT, Mr. Noah Sheriff, while speaking during a reception for the particular vessel, said the berthing of gearless container ships at the fatal supports typically the desire associated with Federal Government to open up ports outside the Lagos area to create new opportunities and possibilities for importers and exporters in this Eastern part of Nigeria.
According to him, WACT can handle gearless and large pot ships in line along with modern trend due to its investment in the acquisition of two Mobile Harbor Cranes, MHCs, worth $10 million and other sophisticated cargo handling equipment worth $4 million last year.
He stated, “The significance of our ability to handle these big gearless ships is that it is opening a new chapter for us such that within the future, more of these vessels will come in order to Onne.
“We are going to get four more cranes, so we will have six cranes here that will be able to manage such huge vessels within the shortest vessel turnaround time.
“Over the final few years, we reached out to NPA for often the dredging regarding the channel because involving increase in valuables volumes. They have been very supportive, and I believe that this year we will certainly see dredging in Onne. That will enable all of us to take up to be able to 11. 5 metres draught vessels and handle much larger ships. ”
Sheriff mentioned the berthing of gearless vessels in Onne port means your terminal may handle a lot more cargos plus would also bring about timely delivery of containers to consignees and subsequently to the market.
“The main value for bigger boats calling WACT is for the exact benefit connected with our customers. At the end of the day, it is for the cargo to get to the customer’s warehouse within the fastest possible time”, adding, “With zero waiting time here inside Onne, the very bigger veins will give the delivery lines opportunity to come with higher volume for us all to handle, whilst customers can pick upward their cargoes in the timely manner and go to a market. ”
On his component, the East Nigeria Supervisor for PIL, Mr. James Joshua, explained the shipping and delivery line used the boat to Onne because of the availability of modern cargo managing facilities from WACT and to evaluate long term deployment options.
His words, “WACT now has the kind of gear that may handle gearless vessels. Vessels with gear for us are only used on our rotation to Western Africa and if we possess to use these wrecks with equipment, it limits a whole lot with opportunities.
“So, having the type of products like MHC that could actually operate on gearless vessels opens up many even more possibilities with regard to future growth. ”
Typically the Master for the deliver, Captain Zaw Zaw Mvo Oo, who was on his first contact to Onne Port, claimed, “We came from China route for you to Singapore to help Cairo then to Western world Africa. First place was Lome throughout Togo. The second place has been supposed towards be Lagos, which will be Apapa in addition to Tin Can but because of the main congestion, we came to Onne. ”
This ship captain along with other officers onboard says they were happy with the overall performance about WACT staff during finally, the ‘ Kota Kasturi’ first voyage to Eastern Nigeria. These people were particularly impressed with the professional coping with and that swift transformation of the yacht by WACT.
The send, according to findings, finished its discharge and even loading operations on Saturday together with sailed from the slot.