Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, the future Lekki Deep Sea Port will be
developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the
Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“As the container terminal operator, CMA CGM, through its subsidiary
CMA Terminals, will be responsible for marketing, operations and maintenance of
the container terminal at Lekki Deep Sea Port,” the CMA CGM Group said in their release
about this development project, Navin Nahata, Chief Executive Officer of
Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise, described the signing of the agreement with the CMA
CGM Group as another step in the right direction towards the actualization of
the port, which would become the deepest port in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are excited about this
development because CMA Terminals is a world class port operator and can be
relied upon to provide international port standard delivery services at par
with most modern ports around the world to the Nigerian port customers” he said.
occasion, Farid T. Salem,
Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, declared: “We are pleased to sign this Memorandum of
Agreement with LPLE to operate Lekki Port’s container terminal. As Nigeria’s
first deep sea port, Lekki Port represents a strategic choice for the CMA CGM
Group. Thanks to its position and capacity, Lekki Port will allow us to bring
to Nigeria larger container ships from Europe and Asia to better serve our
customers and pursue our commitment to the development of the entire region.
With CMA CGM’s unique service offering and expertise combined with our
logistics and inland services, our presence in Lekki Port will benefit the entire
Nigerian supply chain and market as well as neighboring countries.”
completion in 2020, Lekki Port will have two container berths, and will be
Nigeria’s first deep sea port; the container terminal will be equipped with a
1,200-meter-long quay as well as 13 quay cranes and will have a capacity of 2.5
million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units).
With its 16
meter depth, it will allow the Group to deploy ships with a capacity of up to
Government of Nigeria pledged its total support to the Lekki Port project
during the official flag-off ceremony (March 29) by President Muhammadu Buhari
who was represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.