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NPA Expands Tugboat Fleet at Lagos Ports

The Nigerian Ports Author­ity (NPA) Management have ac­quired two 60-tons buller- pull tugboats with state of the art, fully computerised engines, in order to keep to its promise of boosting efficiency and to meet the increasing demands of criti­cal stakeholders, within the La­gos Pilotage District.

The Managing Director, Mal­lam Habib Abdullahi had last year, during the 2nd year anni­versary of the present manage­ment’s administration assured stakeholders that he had com­pleted arrangements for the ac­quisition of four new built, out of which two built, have now arrived, in validation of a deter­mination, to significantly boost the efficiency and productivity of the ports in Lagos. It was dis­covered that once the two new tug boats procured through ten­ders, were effectively deployed, a significant reduction may come to end the present complaints of tugs insufficiency, within the Lagos ports. The two tugboats, with one of them christened “Uromi”, had twin fire fighting pumps, with a reach of above 300 meters and the flow is over 600 cubic meters per hour of water and foam, making it the strongest equipment in its cat­egory in the country. Presently, the biggest tugs in Lagos have capacity not beyond 45- ton buller-pulls, while the biggest in Port Harcourt pilotage dis­trict, according to investigation might not be up to 50-ton buller pulls.

Speaking after a thorough ap­praisal of both tugs, followed by a boarding and demonstra­tion of powers in one of the new built, by NPA top staffers, led by the General Manager, Marine and Operations, A. A Goje.

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