Information went viral today that Onitsha seaport has commenced commercial operation with the landing and offloading of the first ship or vessel straight from China to Onitsha, South East Nigeria.
Deep investigation by IfeanyiCy Media/Blog revealed that, no ship or vessel entered onitsha, what entered onitsha is barge. There’s different between barge and ship, ship will duck at Onne or Lagos and then they’ll load the containers to barge and forward it to onitsha, ship carries 2000+ CONTAINERS and barge can only carry like 50 or 60 containers.
However, in response to inquiry about their operations in Onitsha Inland Port, Maersk said in an email response to our correspondence that the news has been inaccurate.
“There are some inaccurate news reports going around as we are not calling at Onitsha port with our vessels as this is not operationally feasible due to the draft of our vessels.
“We do however offer a through bill product for our customers in which cargo discharged at Onne is trucked to the Clarion Depot in Onitsha, which is roughly opposite the Niger River,” Kerry Rosser, Maersk Africa Communication Manager told news men.
The Onitsha Inland Port was rehabilitated and commissioned in 2012, in view to accommodate vessels and ease Lagos Ports of congestion. But the port is yet to commence full operation since then.
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