About 24 years after it banned night pilotage of vessels in and out of the ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has resumed the practice in the nation’s seaports.
The NPA controls eight ports located in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Onne, Calabar and Warri.
Confirming the development, the agency’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi, disclosed that the development is in line with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and the vision of the national economic management team.
The lifting of the ban on night pilotage which was introduced during the nation’s civil war of 1967 and 1970 coincided with the revelation that NPA has also commenced immediate 24-hour operations at the nation’s seaports.
According to the statement, the decision is to ensure compliance with the 48 hours window for the clearance of goods from the ports.
The statement which was made available to Shipping Position Daily enjoined members of the shipping stakeholders, especially the Nigeria Customs Service and freight forwarders to key into these openings and ensure quick clearance of goods from the ports, enhance faster turn-around time of vessels and reduce cost of doing business at the nation’s seaports.