The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has advocated the use of Flat Bottom Vessels (FBV) in channels with low draught in the nation’s seaports especially in Calabar and Warri, according to an NPA press release made available to PortNewsNigeria.
Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman advocated the use of FBV when she received members of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, led by its President, Mr. Andy Isichei, in Lagos.
The use of the FBV in some shallow draught channels, according to Usman, would serve as a workable solution for the draught limitations in some channels especially in Calabar and Warri.
Usman recalled that it was a thing of joy that a flat bottom 200 meter long and 61,000MT heavy vessel FBV, berthed last year in Calabar Port despite the draft limitations of the channel. This, she explained goes to show that such vessels can navigate in such shallow channels.
She therefore appealed to stakeholders in the nation’s maritime sector, especially those in the shipping sub-sector, to devise ways of collaborating with the Authority to see the presence of more FBV in such channels considering their comparative advantage.
The NPA boss assured the visitors that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) would be very willing to midwife and facilitate any proposal which would help make the new arrangement possible, expressing the strong conviction that with the cooperation of stakeholders the proposal on the FBV is realisable.
Earlier, the President of the Chamber, Mr. Andy Isichei had told the Managing Director that the shallowness of some sections of the channels is of concern to members of the Chamber and said the FBV should be encouraged in such channels.