By GODWIN ORITSE
THE Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, is set to take delivery of four new water crafts meant to boost navigation of vessels in and out of the nation’s harbours.
Confirming this development, NPA’s spokesman, Chief Micheal Ajayi, said the two pilot cutters and two tug boats would arrive any time soon and would immediately be deployed to other outer ports across the country.
One of the tug boats has been named ‘OTUOKE’ after President Goodluck Jonathan’s village in Bayelsa State while two of the pilot cutters named ‘Hong Lagos’ and ‘Hinna Lagos’. Sources close to the authority told Vanguard that the water crafts have passed the sea trials in Daman Shipyard in the Netherlands where they were manufactured
Although, Vanguard could not ascertain the cost of the boats, but it was gathered that the process for the acquisition of the crafts started about four years ago.
Vanguard also gathered that while the pilot cutters are due to arrive Nigeria this month of May, the tug boats are expected to arrive in July.
The acquisition of these crafts are part of the plans of the authority to rake in as much as N157billion revenue for the year 2012. Already, the NPA has witnessed an increase in the level of cargo thorough put from 48million metric tonnes to over 80 million metric tonnes.
Ajayi explained that with the proposed N157billion and without any distraction, the indices are that the port will experience a further increase in cargo thorough put .