The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is increasing the depth of the draught at Onne/ Ikpokiri  Port in Rivers State to 11 metres to allow for patronage by bigger vessels.

Situated on Bonny River estuary along Ogu Creek, the facility, which occupies 2,538.115 hectares, accounts for over 65 per cent of the export cargoes through the nation’s seaports. Its current draught is 10 metres.

NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, who dropped the hint while receiving the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Jesper Kamp, at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Lagos, noted that the deeper draught would allow bigger vessels to berth at the port.

Represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Sokonte Davies, the NPA boss called for continued engagements in the sector.

She assured the envoy that her organisation was committed to the growth of businesses through provision of an enabling environment and all that it takes to execute the mission.

Bala Usman also disclosed that NPA was consistent with its vision to develop deep seaports nationwide in tune with expectations of global economy, especially as they relate to the maritime sector.

Earlier, the ambassador said the visit was part of efforts to promote Danish-Nigerian trade relations and attract investments to the country, noting that, besides facilitating investments in infrastructure, he had been mobilizing Danish companies to invest in Nigeria.

He disclosed that his home government operates 30 commercial vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, thus is concerned about security in the nation’s maritime domain.

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