Onne Port Manager, Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar has recieved One (1) Unit Tug Boat sent from NPA Headquarters, Lagos, the tug boat – MT Ohafia, a Nigerian flag ship with registration number 9252711 earlier registered in Lagos arrived Onne Port Habour recently .The Onne Port Manager was accompanied by his management to take delivery of the tug boat.
The vessel, 100% owned by NPA, has a gross tonnage of 369 GRT, while the tug net tonnage stands at 110NRT. It was reported that the sea craft was built by Rynwaal Shipyard, Rivierdi JK 436, 3372 BW Hardinweld of the Netherlands. The management of Onne port said that as a Port they are very happy to receive the tug boat – MT Ohafia, Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar said the arrival of the tug boat will improve operational capacity and value chain of Onne Port.
“You cannot operate Onne Port effectively without tug boats. This watercraft (tug boat) is what we need to get job done”, the Manager, Alhassan Abubakar explained. This is just the beginning. We thank the MD for fulfilling her promise during her recent visit to Onne Port to give us a tug boat to boost our operations. We thank her for fulfilling her promise”, the Onne Port Manager said.
The Manager expressed gratitude to the Amazon of NPA, and the only female Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman for the gesture in sending the tug boat to Onne Port.
Alhassan Abubakar also said that the new tug boat is an addition to the one they already had, that it will improve their service delivery to their customers.
“Our focus in Onne Port is to serve our clients better. Let me say that this tug boat received today from NPA MD will complement to the services of the one we already have at Onne port” Alhassan Abubakar noted.
The Onne Managing Director said that with the tug boat, the cost of doing business in Onne Port will be reduced, and urged all users at the Onne port to have patience.
Speaking during a brief handing over ceremony at the vessel, Captain Ola noted that there is need to test run the boat, to ensure it is on top form before deploying it to work. He urge all to prepare their minds for usage of the tug boat.
The Dockyard Manager, Engr. Daniel Imasi assured that they will do a mop-up to ascertain the tug’s endurance capacity while sailing on sea, Engr. Daniel Imasi said they have every historic details of the tug/vessel and assured that they will always embark on planned maintenance of the vessel through carrying out both intermediate/annual survey.