Lekki Deep Seaport LFTZ Enterprises Limited disclosed that the port received 75 ships, including the first LNG-powered ship and the largest ship to enter Nigerian waters, measuring 366 LOA and handled 100,000 containers between April 2023 and April 2024.

Announcing this in a post on its official social media platform LinkedIn, the port said the feat demonstrated its ability to effectively support global trade.

The port stated that, with the capacity to handle 14,000 container ships of twenty equivalent units, it began transshipment activities in June 2023, facilitating more than 25,000 transshipments to date.

Expressing gratitude for the support received, the port thanked the Nigerian Ports Authority for providing maritime and tug services.

The statement read in part: “We also embark on transshipment from June 2023 with the arrival of the first transshipment vessel, the CMA CGM RIMBAUD. Since then, we have facilitated more than 25,000 transshipments and counts.

“As Nigeria’s only deep-water port with the capacity to handle 14,000 TEU container ships, we have made good use of our facilities and handled more than 100,000 containers in the last year, demonstrating our ability to support global trade.”

He added that in a bid to ensure efficient and seamless traffic management, he has created a pre-gate truck park with capacity for 153 people that will work with “our vehicle reservation system at the Lekki Port gate to avoid congestion”.

“We have also deployed the use of 2 Nuctech FS 6000 non-intrusive scanners by the Nigeria Customs Service to speed up the cargo examination and evacuation process to ensure security in relation to goods passing through our gates,” he stated.

According to LFTZ, the port was duly authorized by the NCS to process and receive pharmaceutical products, expanding its operational versatility and contributing to public health.

“As we reflect on these achievements, we remember the challenges and triumphs of the journey. Our success is a testament to the hard work, innovation and collaboration of our dedicated team, our partners, Lekki Freeport Terminal and CMA CGM, the tirelessly working port government agencies and the maritime community,” the port stated.