The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has announced the successful berthing of the biggest container vessel to ever call at any Nigerian port when it berthed at the Onne Port in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel with an overall length of 300 metres and a width of 48 metres, was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), at exactly 4:20 pm on Saturday, August 15, the NPA said.

A statement signed by body’s spokesperson, Jatto Adams, said the vessel which has a capacity of 9,971(TEUs), is a flagship from Singapore.

The vessel which was brought in from Fairway Bouy, Bonny, with the aid of three Tugboats operated by three of the agency’s captains, was received by the Ports Manager of the Onne Ports, Alhassan Abubakar.

“The Authority is delighted to state that the landmark arrival of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessel at the Onne Ports is a result of management’s determination to improve the patronage of the Eastern Ports.

It is an indication of the fact that the Eastern Ports are equipped to receive all manner of vessels and an expansion of the options of consignees in the Eastern and Northern parts of the country.”

The NPA management congratulated its team and all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation towards seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge.

“The authority assures of its commitment to ensuring that all ports locations in Nigeria work at their optimal capacity and the repositioning of Nigerian ports as the hub in the sub-region,” the statement added.