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Container Shipping Operations From China To Onitsha Begin

Global shipping line, Maersk, has commenced direct shipping of containers from China to Onitsha Inland Port without the need to first call at Apapa Port in Lagos State.

The development comes as the Managing Director (MD) of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, commissioned the Pilot Badge Operations from Onitsha River Port to Onne Port on Tuesday.

According to shipping schedules on the company’s website, the transit time for each shipment is between 53 and 54 days.

A breakdown of the schedule further shows that the vessel first arrives at the Onne Port and then departs for the Clarion terminal in Onitsha.

In a tweet, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed the new development.

“Let me summarize it. Maersk is now (starting 2020) sending container ships direct from China to the Onne Port, without the need to first call at Lagos,” Ogunlesi tweeted.

“Now, when the ship berths in Onne, it will be offloaded and the containers going to Onitsha Port will be barged down.”

 

The Onitsha Inland Port was built under the administration of former President Shehu Shagari in 1983 and since then had been laying fallow and until 2012, when it was rehabilitated and commissioned by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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