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1st transshipment vessel delivered to Lekki Deep Seaport

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The first transshipment vessel to call at the container terminal of Lekki Deep Sea Port, CMA CGM RIMBAUD, has arrived, according to the management of the port.

This was stated in a statement provided to news reporters in Lagos on Thursday by Du Ruogang, the managing director of Lekki Port.

The ship, according to Ruogang, arrived on June 29 at around 1:00 p.m. with cargo from CMA CGM and Maersk, two of the biggest container shipping lines in the world.

Yesterday, 411 Twenty Equivalent Units worth of trans-shipment cargo bound for landlocked nations arrived at Sea Port. The first transshipment vessel to call at the port’s container terminal, CMA CGM RIMBAUD, transported the cargoes to the port.

The ship, which arrived on June 29, 2023, at around 1:00 p.m., carried cargo from CMA CGM and Maersk, two of the biggest container shipping lines in the world. The service, which started in the Far East, traveled through Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Nansha, Tanjung Pelpas, Singapore, and Kribi, Cameroun, before arriving this afternoon at Lekki Port.

The vessel has a nominal container handling capacity of 6,900 TEUs and is currently transporting 411 TEUs of transshipment cargo. Speaking at the milestone, Du Ruogang, the managing director of Lekki Port, thanked the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Federal Ministry of Transportation for their assistance in making it possible for transhipment activities to begin at Lekki Port. 

Additionally, the Chief Operating Officer, Laurence Smith, stated that Lekki Port and the operator of the container terminal, Lekki Free-port Terminal, collaborated with all regulatory agencies operating at the port, particularly the Nigerian Customs Service, to ensure a trouble-free arrival of the vessel and processing of cargo.

With its cutting-edge Ship-to-Shore cranes and sophisticated scanners, Lekki Port is now well-positioned to establish Nigeria as the leading transshipment hub of West Africa. On July 6, 2023, the transshipped cargo will set out for Cotonou, where it will ultimately land.

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