The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is working closely with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to deploy Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in Bonny.
Already, arrangements are being put in place for survey as part of measures to boost visibility and facilitate the navigations of vessels.
Speaking at an interactive session with Journalists in Lagos, NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko also revealed plans to reduce the cost of shipping in Nigeria with the deployment of more digital technology and critical facilities at the nation’s seaports.
Bello-Koko said: “We should be able to have visibility without seeing the ship. We are blocking leakages and ensuring removal of manual process at the seaports. I will love to see our port fully automated. Automation is the backbone of our port and we must achieve this and implement it in the right manner. That is what the port community system is about.”
He added: “New fenders at quay wall have been purchased and will be delivered soon. This will allow safety of vessels. The fenders have been lost over the years and the shipping lines are complaining. Now, we are sure of attracting more shipping lines, which means reduced cost of shipping for Nigerians.”
Bello-Koko said Lekki port should start operations by September this year, adding that the only thing that is remaining is the ship to shore crane, which is expected to arrive in June.