This will double Eastern Nigeria’s modern container handling capacity and serve as a catalyst for the region’s economic development.
MSC Floriana, a vessel belonging to one of the world’s largest shipping lines, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), berthed at Federal Ocean Terminal’s Berths 9-11 on May 2. 1297 containers were offloaded by OMT. The MSC Floriana’s call was the culmination of OMT’s year-long plans and investments. “We are all very proud of the port’s good operation,” said Robert Uljan, OMT’s Head of Operations. “Our sophisticated cargo handling systems performed admirably, and our operations and technical staff, all of whom were hired from Rivers State, got right to work and delivered outstanding results. “We are very optimistic that we will build on this accomplishment and gradually ramp up efficiency on the quay and landside to the benefit of all of our customers, shipping lines, and cargo owners,” he said.
OMT, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), is well positioned to serve shipping lines as well as Nigeria’s importers and exporters. OMT is a state-of-the-art facility with 750 meters of deep-water quay, 22 hectares of yard area, two of Nigeria’s largest mobile harbour cranes, adequate yard equipment, and the most up-to-date IT systems that power operations and planning.
In reality, OMT will be one of the first terminals to use a cloud-based terminal operating system anywhere in the world.
“These are just the first steps,” ICTSI Chairman and President Enrique K. Razon said of OMT’s debut.
We are optimistic about the Nigerian economy’s long-term prospects and are willing to invest substantial funds in OMT.“ To date, ICTSI has invested USD35 million in cutting-edge equipment, IT systems, and staff training. “The next step,” he said, “will be significant infrastructure improvements as well as investments of USD100 million in additional and larger equipment.” We will gradually adjust OMT’s facilities and service capability to meet the needs of the terminal’s diverse customer base.”
Onne is a logistics hub in Nigeria’s Eastern region, which is already an oil and gas powerhouse and is quickly establishing itself as a main gateway to the entire country, alongside Lagos.
OMT aims to invest in more container handling equipment, IT, oil and gas and other general cargo handling equipment, warehouses, factories, better access roads, and modern health and safety facilities and processes to help Onne expand as a major multipurpose port.
Jacob Gulmann, OMT’s Managing Director, said after the opening, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Nigerian Ports Authority to realize this project.” Berths 9-11 had been languishing for the past decade, practically unused.” We’re now bringing the area to life in collaboration with NPA, increasing capability and competitiveness at Onne Port. This is desperately needed, as the port is currently experiencing severe container traffic congestion.“ We’re also thrilled to have been able to recruit and train hundreds of talented workers through this time of struggles in the oil and gas industry, which has disproportionately impacted local communities.”
OMT is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a steady stream of ships scheduled to call. Pacific International Line’s 3900TEU size Kota Sejarah was the second vessel to berth, following closely behind MSC Floriana.