In a groundbreaking achievement for trade facilitation, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) marked a significant milestone as the Lekki Deep Seaport played host to the largest container carrier ever to sail in Nigerian territorial waters on Sunday, January 21, 2024.
Named “Maersk Edirne,” the colossal vessel, measuring an impressive 367 meters in length overall, with a breadth of 48.2 meters, carried a Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of 142,131 metric tonnes and a Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 147,340 metric tonnes. Navigated to safety by the highly skilled and well-equipped Pilots of the NPA, the vessel accommodated a total cargo of 3,376.
This achievement substantiates the commitments made by Mr. Mohammed Bello Koko, the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Ports Authority, during the signing of the Presidential/Ministerial Performance Bond in December 2023. He had stated that “the Authority under my watch is poised to provide the leadership and technical guidance required to maximize the potentials inherent in our marine and blue economy.”
Expressing gratitude for the milestone, Bello Koko commended the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, for consistent support, endorsing the Authority’s initiatives, and investing in employee upskilling and equipment renewal, which facilitated this seamless achievement.
Historically, the largest commercial vessels navigating Nigerian waters were “MV Stadelhorn” and “MSC Maureen” at Onne Port and TinCan Island Port Complexes, respectively. The berthing of the 367-meter-long “Maersk Edirne” at Lekki Deep Seaport represents a significant leap forward, underscoring the port’s readiness to surpass stakeholders’ expectations. With pioneering initiatives such as full automation and transshipment facilitation, Lekki Deep Seaport continues to set new standards in the maritime industry.