The world’s largest container carrier and Safmarine Maersk has said its Far East (China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore) service will henceforth call at Onne Port, Rivers State due to the congestions at Lagos Ports.
Maersk however, denied relocating its entire shipping operations from Lagos.
The company said in January that “Currently we are experiencing severe delays in Lagos due to highly utilised terminal yards, crane break-downs and long trucking queues.
“It is our pleasure to announce that our Far East (China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore) service will no longer be calling at Lagos Ports but now comes to Onne directly, giving you a reduced transit time. This is effective this Jan 2020,”
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The Danish business conglomerate with activities in the transport, logistics and energy sectors, said it was sticking to Lagos and not planning an exit from the port entirely.
It said it would continue operations in the Lagos Port regardless of the challenges its company is facing.
“The West Africa market continues to be dynamic and market demand fluctuates significantly from quarter to quarter” it added.