By Izuchukwu Ozoemena
Over eight ships laden with assorted cargoes are due to berth at Port Harcourt Pilotage District with three already at berth in the past 24 hours.
The vessel call is another indication that shippers are gradually getting weary of the nightmarish state of Lagos ports that usually handles up to 80 percent of the ship traffic into Nigerian Ports.
MV MSC Maria which is laden with 4,550 TEUs of containers; MT Bold Voyager with 13,999.021 metric tonnes of general goods and MV Green Austeroll with 3,095.500 tonnes also of general goods have already arrived the major eastern port, according to Shipping Position obtained by Business and Maritime West Africa.
Waiting at the Fairway Buoy, the shipping position shows, are MV Global Aquarius and MV Glarus loaded with bulk wheat. MV Fortune 1 arrived with frozen fish.
Other major cargo available is premium motor spirit (PMS) which is being conveyed by MT Adebumi 3 and MT Ocean Gladiator.
The resurgence in the patronage of eastern ports recorded the first major boost in August when over 10 ships are berthed at Calabar Port with bulk and general cargoes.
Leading the resurgence of cargo traffic are premium motor spirit, bulk maize, bulk wheat and automotive gas oil.
A total of 16,000 metric tonnes of bulk wheat and 4,000mt of butane were discharged at the port by various vessels between the end of August and the first week in September.