By Adegboyega Oni
Some sectors considered as essential services were allowed to function during the recent lockdown of some states in Nigeria by the Federal Government as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria seaport industry was one of them.
Ports in Lagos, Delta, Rivers and Cross River States were not closed to allow cargo – essential and non-essential – to come in, to keep the economy running. Stakeholders such as shipping companies, port terminals, freight forwarders, truckers were in the ports during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown to provide cargo handling and delivery all over the country.
During this period, port activities were on but on a low scale. Situation however has since improved greatly after the lockdown was lifted as captured by the shipping positions released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) during the week. Terminal operators in Lagos Ports Complex, Tin Can, Calabar are having their hands full as they are working round the clock to provide logistics for easy berthing operations for vessels which are heading to their facilities from the anchorage.
Shipping agencies, freight forwarders and truckers are not left out of this action too as they are busy perfecting necessary documentations to make berthing, discharging and loading fast, quick and seamless to avoid payment of extra charges on demurrage and storage.
These following shipping positions from Lagos Ports Complex, Tin Can Island Port Complex and Calabar Port capture the graphical details of these port actions for you.