Lekki seaport to begin commercial operations this year

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Lekki Deep Seaport is set for the berthing of commercial vessels before the end of 2022, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said.

In a statement on Friday, the NPA said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the designation of the port as a Customs Port and Approved Wharf.

According to the agency, its Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Kokoin, secured the approval — which would be gazetted in line with extant laws — via a letter through the Ministry of Transportation.

This development means that the port is set for berthing commercial vessels before year-end.

The Lekki Deep Seaport is a $2 billion investment in the Lagos Free Trade zone initiated by Tolaram Group, a Singaporean company. It’s designed to be a significant game-changer in Nigeria’s maritime economy and constructed by China Habour Engineering firm.

In July, the port welcomed its first vessel, ZHEN HUA 28, which delivered three Ships to Shores (STS) and 10 Rubber Tyre Gantries (RTG) cranes that will help in the evacuation of cargoes from vessels to the shore.

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