The Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) recently played host to the largest vessel ever to call at any Nigerian port, which berthed at the Lagos terminal of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited.
Ports & Cargo, as the firm is popularly called, is a subsidiary of the popular SIFAX Group.
The container vessel, MSC SHAULA, owned and operated by MSC Ship Management Hong Kong, has an overall length of 275.04 metres and the length between perpendiculars stands at 263.00 metres. The vessel, which was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, has a maximum cargo capacity of 4,651 TEUs while its draft and gross tonnage are 13.62 metres and 51,836 GRT respectively.
Speaking on the significance of the vessel, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said it was historic.
His words, “We are delighted that history was made with the arrival of this humongous vessel in the Nigerian waters, most especially its berth at our terminal. Ports & Cargo terminal has demonstrated over the years its leadership capability in the country’s maritime industry, particularly in the area of port terminal management coupled with excellent customer service.
“The company has made a huge investment in infrastructure and equipment at the terminal in the last ten years and has also attracted a number of discerning clients, including MSC, the operator of the vessel. What has been the unique selling proposition of the terminal is the quality of service that we provide.”
On his part, the captain of the ship, Captain Dinkar, noted that he had received warm welcome from the Ports & Cargo terminal staff as well as other government regulatory agencies like Nigerian Ports Authority, among others.