By Godwin Oritse
lagos—At least 36 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos between now and mid next month. In the latest edition of the the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA’s shipping position showed that while some of the vessels arrived with bulk buck wheat, bulk sugar, general cargoes, crude palm olein, bulk charcoal, bulk gypsum, bulk pet coke others are being expected with bulk salt, containers, diesel and petrol.
According to the data, 14 ships have arrived the ports, waiting to berth with petrol, base oil, crude palm olein, general cargo and aviation fuel while 17 other ships are at the ports discharging general cargoes. Meantime, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has said that a well rounded partnership is required to grow the Nigerian maritime industry.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside disclosed this when he played host to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Rolf Ree in his Office and noted that Norway as a great maritime nation has a lot to teach Nigeria in developing its maritime sector.
Peterside also said that Nigeria was ready to partner with the Norwegian Government and its Maritime Authority for mutual benefit and thus propel the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria.