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The Managing Director of West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) of Onne Port, Rivers State, Mr. Aamir Mirza has confirmed the arrival of its first gear-less vessel and the largest container-ship ever to visit a seaport outside the Lagos area.

The which ship named JPO Volans, measuring 265 metres in length and took only 2.75 days to turnaround the vessel.

The Managing Director of WACT, Mr. Aamir Mirza, said the German vessel brought containers to the Onne Port from the Far East.

“This is another major achievement for Onne Port and another testament to our commitment to set new standards and serve our customers better,” Mirza said.

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He said WACT was able to handle this gearless vessel by deploying its newly commissioned Mobile Harbor Cranes.

Mr Mirza also said the key achievement is the ability of the workers to handle larger, gear-less, mainline vessels that were considered only suitable for terminals in Lagos.

He said, “By handling these vessels, we have not only proven to the world that Eastern Nigerian ports are equally capable of handling these large ships but have also improved the profile of Onne port globally.”

He went further to express gratitude to the leadership of the Port for their amazing efforts towards the achievement.

“I would like to particularly thank NPA, under the leadership of Madam Hadiza, Port Manager Onne, Onne Harbour Master and Pilots for their support in making this happen.

“With our major investment plans in the pipeline, this will go a long way in improving our capabilities and highlighting same to all our shipping line and landside customers,” Mirza said.

In September, WACT acquired two Mobile Harbor Cranes worth $10 million (N3.6 billion) to boost operation at the terminal.

The terminal operator also acquired 10 specialized terminal trucks and two new reach stackers to complement existing cargo handling equipment, to increase the turnaround time of vessels at the port.

WACT, is the first greenfield container terminal built in Nigeria under public-private partnership, it started commercial operations in 2007 and has become the most efficient Nigerian gateway to markets outside the Lagos area.

It has an annual container throughput capacity of 314,000 TEUs, with 375 reefer plugs and a draft of 10.5 meters.

WACT acquired two Mobile Harbor Cranes worth $10 million (N3.6 billion) in September to boost operation at the terminal and today, the outcome is positive.

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