LAGOS, (iexclusivenews) – Nigeria’s maritime landscape has been forever transformed! Lekki Deep Seaport, the nation’s pride and joy, has recently welcomed the Maersk Edirne, a colossal vessel towering with a capacity of 13,092 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
This momentous occasion marks the arrival of the largest container ship ever to grace Nigerian waters.
Imagine a behemoth stretching 367 meters, longer than four football fields laid end to end!
That’s the sheer scale of the Maersk Edirne, dwarfing previous record holders like the “MV Stadelhorn” and “MSC Maureen.”
Its arrival on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 2:42 pm wasn’t just a docking; it was a declaration of Nigeria’s burgeoning maritime prowess.
This historic feat isn’t a solo act. The Maersk Edirne is part of the newly launched CMA CGM WAX service, a fleet of 13 behemoths traversing vital routes like Xiamen, Qingdao, Shanghai, Singapore, Lekki Port, and Abidjan.
Lekki Deep Seaport stands as the sole Nigerian port to be included in this prestigious rotation, a testament to its cutting-edge infrastructure and world-class capabilities.
How Stakeholders Reacted to the Achievement
The excitement surrounding this achievement is palpable. Stakeholders are brimming with pride and optimism.
Biodun Dabiri, the chairman of Lekki Port, extols the port’s modern facilities and equipment, emphasizing their role in attracting such giants.
He proudly declares that Lekki Port has not only elevated Lagos State and Nigeria on the global maritime stage but also ignited the nation’s ambition to become a maritime hub in sub-Saharan Africa.
Laurence Smith, Lekki Port’s chief operating officer, echoes the sentiment, highlighting the economic boon this development promises.
He envisions increased cargo delivery, reduced shipping costs, and a thriving Nigerian economy, all fueled by the Maersk Edirne’s arrival.
However, He also commends Lekki Freeport Terminal, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, for their dedication to excellence in terminal services.
Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), adds to the chorus of praise.
He lauds the unwavering support of the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, whose commitment to employee training and equipment modernization paved the way for this seamless operation.
The Maersk Edirne’s arrival is more than just a record-breaking feat.
It’s a gateway to a brighter future for Nigeria’s maritime industry.
Lekki Deep Seaport, with its pioneering automation and transshipment capabilities, has proven itself ready to surpass expectations and propel the nation forward.
So, buckle up, Nigeria! The waves of maritime prosperity are cresting, and Lekki Deep Seaport is riding the helm.