By Ifeyinwa Obi
LAGOS—In order to keep to its promise of boosting efficiency, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Management may have acquired two 60-tons buller- pull tug boats with state of the art, fully computerized engines, to meet the increasing demands of critical stakeholders, within the Lagos Pilotage District.
The Managing Director, Mallam Habib Abdullahi had last year, during the 2nd year anniversary of the present management’s administration assured the critical stakeholders that he had completed arrangements for the acquisition of four new built, out of which two built, have now arrived, in validation of a determination, to significantly boost the efficiency and productivity of the ports in Lagos.
It was further learnt that once the two new tug boats procured through tenders, were effectively deployed, a significant reduction may come to end the present complaints of tugs insufficiency, within the Lagos ports.
The two tug boats, with one of them christened “UROMI”, had twin fire fighting pumps, with a reach of above 300 meters and the flow is over 600 cubic meters per hour of water and foam, making it the strongest equipment in its category in the country. Presently, the biggest tugs in Lagos have capacity not beyond 45- ton buller-pulls, while the biggest in Port Harcourt pilotage district, according to investigation might not be up to 50-ton buller pulls.
Speaking after a thorough appraisal of both tugs, followed by a boarding and demonstration of powers in one of the new built, by NPA top staffers, led by the General Manager, Marine and Operations, A. A Goje, the applause was unmistakable.