NIWA, ACTL partner to move at least 1,000 containers from Lagos to Onitsha port in one trip
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) is engaging the services of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) to move containers from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port via Burutu Port in Delta State.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu, in a press statement signed by Jibril Darda`u, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, said the engagement is aimed at decongesting the Lagos ports and make Onitsha River Port functional.
Moghalu stated that the idea of hauling containers via Burutu Ports to Onitsha River port was to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bumandi.
He stated further that the two bridges were too tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through, that is why the company (ACTL) is considering the route from Lagos Ports to Burutu Port then to Onitsha River Port as final destination.
The NIWA boss disclosed that NIWA was targeting about 1,000 containers to be hauled per trip from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port within a maximum duration of 4 days.
The MD also added that NIWA is engaging Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the Cargo haulage.
Earlier, the Chairman of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) Chief Kenneth Donye during the proposal defense at NIWA Liaison Office Abuja before the Management team of NIWA, expressed the readiness of his Company to partner with NIWA in carrying out this noble and historic transshipment from Lagos Ports via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port as final destination.
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