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GOOD NEWS! History made as largest vessel ever berth at Nigerian port

– The Tin Can Island water channels recently played host to the largest vessel ever to call at any Nigerian port

– The ship berthed at the Lagos terminal of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited

– The company is a subsidiary of the popular SIFAX Group

History was made in Nigeria recently as the largest vessel ever berth at the Lagos terminal of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, The Guardian reports.

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Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi should be excited about this new development

The container vessel – MSC SHAULA, owned and operated by MSC Ship Management Hong Kong has an overall length of 275.04 meters and the length between perpendiculars stands at 263.00 meters.

The vessel which was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, has a maximum cargo capacity of 4,651 TEUs while its draft and gross tonnage are 13.62 meters and 51,836 GRT respectively.

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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.

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In another recent positive development, the Central Bank of Nigeria has stated that Nigeria will begin to export rice to other countries by the end of 2017.

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.

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