NPA moves towards decongesting Lagos Port Complex

NPA Apapa Ports Complex

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has met with shipping companies and terminal operators over the recent increase in the waiting time of vessels calling at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa.

NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams, said in a statement on Thursday that several resolutions were made at the meeting towards resolving the congestion at the Lagos Pilotage District.

“As from Monday, January 27, 2020, vessels which have waited to berth at any terminal within the Lagos Pilotage District will be diverted to other terminals with capacity to berth vessels within the district,” the statement said.

“In the event that all terminals in Lagos cannot discharge any vessels within four days, such vessels will be diverted to the Eastern Ports (other pilotage districts) for immediate berthing.

“The Authority will liaise with other relevant government agencies on behalf of stakeholders to expedite the clearance of vessels and cargoes, where necessary.

“These actions have been taken to promote the Ease of Doing Business Policy of the Federal Government and curtail the negative economic impact that the long turnaround time of vessels has on stakeholders.”