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NPA boosts marine operations, revenue with $30m tugboats

NPA boosts marine operations, revenue with $30m tugboats

The Nigerian Ports Author­ity (NPA) reached anoth­er milestone in efforts to enhance ports efficiency, chan­nel and navigational services with the joint commissioning yester­day of four top-range tugboats valued at over $30 million.
Speaking at the event at Apa­pa, the NPA Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, said the agency was now better positioned to deliver towage services in its pilotage district, as many private shipping operators had been con­cerned about the nation’s towing services.
Usman assured that the agen­cy would look at the needs of the Western and Eastern Ports and deploy the boats accordingly, adding that the tugboats, now nine in number, will enhance revenue, as a lot of vessels would now confidently come into Nige­rian waters, no matter their ca­pacity.
She disclosed that the trainers have a transition period of three months to transfer the entire op­eration to Nigerian captains, who are already well trained and on board for familiarisation. She disclosed that each tugboat is manned by seven persons.
According to her, with over 100 critical wrecks already re­moved from the channel to im­prove safety and navigation, the four tugboats will add up to the existing five to improve transport demand and provide quick ser­vices to meet international stan­dards.
Two of the ultra-modern, high-tech boats, MT Uromi and MT Majia, were delivered by Depas­sa Nigeria Limited on September 1, 2015, while MT Dauraand MT Ubima were delivered in Novem­ber 2016, and their finishing done in Nigeria to conclude a procure­ment process begun in 2015.
The new tugboats are 60tonne bull and pull power ASD Da­men 2810 series, fitted with a two-thruster propulsion Rolls Royce engine and driven by Ger­man-made state-of-the-art turbo MTWU 4000 diesel engines.
They are 28 metres long and 10 metres wide each, with speed of 40 knots for faster operational deployment, in addition to their fire-fighting capabilities, which were displayed before guests at the commissioning yesterday.

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