The Calabar Port Complex recently took delivery of four shiploads of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, which birthed excitement among stakeholders at the port.
This was brought about by some fresh initiatives put in place by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to revive the ports in eastern Nigeria and also boost trade in that axis.
It was gathered that the move was to decongest the two ports in Lagos, the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin-Can Island Ports.
Over the years, the two ports have been overly congested and overstretched while ports in the eastern part of the country, including, Calabar, have been heavily underused.
The statistics released by the Authority from the Shipping Position of the Calabar Pilotage District for Wednesday, May 13, 2020 revealed that the port was expecting a total of four shiploads of PMS, totalling 53,574 metric tonnes of the product.
One shipload of bulk gypsum, one shipload of bulk wheat and another shipload of low pour fuel oil (LPFO), also known as black oil, were also being expected at the port.
Details of the statistics showed that MT Levanto, which was expected to arrive at the port on May 15, 2020, would discharge a total of 8,500 metric tonnes of PMS at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) jetty, while MT Sea Pearl, which was expected to have arrived at the port on May 15, 2020, would discharge a total of 15,000 metric tonnes.
Others included MT Zee Zee, which arrived at the port on May 13, 2020, laden with 15,074 metric tonnes of the cargo, while MT Safe Sea, also laden with 15,000 metric tonnes of petrol, was expected to have arrived at the port on May 15, 2020. MV Arcadia, scheduled to arrive at the port on May 16, was expected to discharge 16,370 metric tonnes of bulk wheat.