Speaking on the significance of the vessel, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said it was historic.
His words: “We are delighted that history was made with the arrival of this humongous vessel in the Nigerian waters, most especially its berth at our terminal.
Ports & Cargo terminal has demonstrated over the years its leadership capability in the country’s maritime industry, particularly in the area of port terminal management coupled with excellent customer service.
“The company has made a huge investment in infrastructure and equipment at the terminal in the last ten years and has also attracted a number of discerning clients, including MSC, the operator of the vessel. What has been the unique selling proposition of the terminal is the quality of service that we provide.”
On his part, the captain of the ship, Captain Dinkar, noted that he has received warm welcome from the Ports & Cargo terminal staff as well as other government regulatory agencies like Nigerian Ports Authority, among others.
This is because the harvest in rice this year had exceeded projections, and if the tempo is sustained by the end of 2017, Nigeria would not only meet its national demands but would export to other countries.