Biggest container ship ever to come to Nigeria berths in Onne (Photos)

Biggest container ship Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel in Onne Port Port Harcourt on Saturday
Biggest container ship Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel in Onne Port Port Harcourt on Saturday

By Abankula

The Nigerian Ports Authority on Saturday announced the successful berthing in Onne Port, Rivers state, of the biggest container ship to ever call at any Nigerian port.

The Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel with Length overall of 300 metres, width of 48 metres was received at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), at 1620 hours.

It has a capacity of 9,971(TEUs) and is a flagship from Singapore.

According to some reports, the ship was diverted to Port Harcourt to decongest the Lagos ports.

NPA officials at Federal Ocean terminal in Onne Port to welcome the big vessel
camera men with the Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel in Onne
Maerskline Stardelhorn vessel ready to berth in Onne

Mr Adams Jatto, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, said the vessel, was brought in from Fairway Bouy Bonny, with the aid of three Tugboats.

It was operated by three of NPA’s pilots and was received by the Manager of the Onne Ports, Mr Alhasssan Abubakar.

“NPA is delighted to state that the landmark arrival of the biggest gearless Maerskline vessel at Onne Ports is a result of management’s determination to improve the patronage of the Eastern Ports.

“It is an indication of the fact that the Eastern Ports are equipped to receive all manners of vessels and an expansion of the options of consignees in the eastern and northern parts of the country.

“The management of the NPA congratulates its team at Onne Ports.

“Management also appreciates all stakeholders at the Onne Ports for their cooperation toward seeing that the vessel berthed safely without any challenge.”

Jatto assured that the NPA was committed to ensuring that all ports in Nigeria worked optimally with Nigeria being the economic hub of the West African sub-region.

*Updated at 14:30 on Sunday 16 August


  1. Reasonable wailers are beginning to see that infastructure is the best way to feed the stomach.

  2. Yet they say PMB is weak on economy but under the PDP, such thing never happened, imagine the reduction in transport costs for importers from that region, Aba and Onitsha

  3. Lagos residents especially Apapa Road axis will begin to enjoy flowing traffic if this decongestion is sustained.

    Lagos Apapa roads and seaport is too small for the pressure it has since witnessed.

  4. It is a welcome development but the Onne Eleme part of the east west road require immediate attention to ease transportation of these delivered goods.

  5. I welcome this news. Decongest lagos, increase rail freight to decongest roads and reduce trailers and containers falling on people.

    • It is the SOUTH EAST that never wanted this all the years of patronacracy of PDP patronage.

      Can PMB be called your hater if you have concience? With this?

      With second Niger Bridge

      East West Road

      Tallest building in the entire South East/ South South

      Linking Benue to Nasarawa so goods can move quickly through East North Enugu Benue Nasarawa

      Can we just give these monies to one DEZIANI to show love of Igbo Nation, can South West be blame for supporting such presidency??

      Do people who carry Bible like me really still trust their concience??

      As far as South West is concerned, it is a win win.

      We are no haters, and the better for Igbo to realise how Lagos has
      granted bread and equally butteredd Igbo businesses.

      An history no one will ever change


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