The volume of economic activities through the nation’s seaports improved marginally in 2017 as a total of 71.9 million metric tonnes of cargoes was recorded during the year. This represents an increase of 1.08 million tonnes or 1.5 percent over the 70.82 metric tonnes recorded in 2016.
In its report released on Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), stated that the number of vessels calling at the nation’s ports increased to 4,622 in 2017 from 4,175 in 2016, representing an increase of 10.7 percent.
The report also showed a significant increase of 34 percent in the use of service boats in the oil and gas industry as 12,243 service boats were deployed in 2017 compared to 9,418 in 2016. Similarly, the vehicular traffic in 2017 was 181,404 units at all the ports as against 105,189 in 2016.
Passenger traffic at the Calabar Port within the period under review was put at 6,704 in 2017 as against 7,442 in 2016. The report also showed that a total of five million Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) was recorded in 2016 as against six million in 2017.
Further breakdown of the report showed that Onne port in River State recorded the highest number of cargo traffic with a total of 25.8million metric tonnes in 2017 as against 23.8million metric tonnes in 2016. For Apapa port, 18.909 million metric tonnes was recorded in 2017, while 19.055 million metric tonnes was recorded in 2016; Tin Can Island port recorded 15.5 million metric tonnes in 2017 as against 15.136 million metric tonnes in 2016; Port Harcourt port recorded 3.462 million metric tonnes in 2017 as against 3.546 million metric tonnes in 2016; Calabar port recorded 2.159 million metric tonnes in 2017 as against 2.277 million metric tonnes in 2016: and Delta port recorded 56.015 million metric tonnes in 2017 while 6.726 million metric tonnes was recorded in 2016.