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Nigeria's China-built deep sea port to dock 18,000-TEUers in 2023

NIGERIA's first deep sea port is 48 per cent complete and will begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2023, reports Xinhau

23 March 2021 - 19:00
NIGERIA's first deep sea port is 48 per cent complete and will begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2023, reports Xinhau.

'The investors have given us the commitment on the first quarter of 2023 completion date. We will fulfill all our parts to make sure this date becomes reality,' said Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on a visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port.



The Lekki Deep Sea Port and its Lagos Free Trade Zone, built by Beijing-based China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), occupies 90 hectares of the entire 830 hectares of land.



The area has been designated the Lagos Free Zone, created in 2012 to enhance the economic position of Lagos as a manufacturing and logistics hub in West Africa.



Said Gov Sanwo-Olu: 'With the level of work we have seen, I'm truly excited. It is more gratifying that we are taking up this assignment with all energies required and we all can see what we can achieve when we work together.'



He said the size of the deep sea port will allow 18,000-TEU ships to dock, which are four times bigger than the ones berthing at the existing Apapa seaports in the state, thereby scaling down the cost of container transportation from any part of the world.



When completed, the deep seaport is expected to generate more than 170,000 direct and indirect job opportunities and serve as an alternative to decongest the sea ports in Apapa, the governor said.



Zhang Wenfeng, the managing director of CHEC in Nigeria, told Xinhua that the Lekki Deep Sea Port project is progressing well and will be completed on time in 2023.


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