The Port Terminal Multipurpose Limited, Lagos, said it will receive the largest container-Roll-On-Roll-Off ship ever to visit the sub-region on November 27.
In a statement on Sunday, the terminal operator said that the ship named MV Great Lagos is owned by the Grimaldi Group.
It added that the ship, which was launched in April, was a marvel of modern engineering and environmental consciousness, stretching 250 meters in length with a beam of 38 meters and a weight of over 45,000 tonnes.
The ship, according to the statement, can transport 4.7 kilometres of rolling freight, 2,500 car equivalent units, and 2,000 twenty-foot equivalent units.
The Managing Director of PTML, Mr Ascanio Russo, said, “MV Great Lagos is the second of the G5-class of ships recently launched by the Grimaldi Group and named after Nigeria’s commercial capital, which it has served for many decades. The vessel sets a new benchmark in the shipping industry,”
Russo commended the Nigerian Ports Authority for its support towards receiving the vessel.
He said the visit of MV Great Lagos to Lagos was a landmark event for Nigeria’s maritime sector and PTML.
Russo added that the visit showcased the terminal’s advanced capabilities and its role as a leading multipurpose logistics hub in the region.
“The arrival of ‘Great Lagos’ at PTML is not just a routine port call; it is a testament to the terminal’s cutting-edge facilities and its readiness to handle the new generation of mega-vessels. Its arrival at the Lagos Port is a testament to the port’s capability to handle vessels of such magnitude, further positioning Nigeria as a key player in the global shipping industry.
“What truly sets the ‘Great Lagos’ apart is its compliance with the highest environmental standards. In an age where environmental sustainability is not just a preference but also a necessity, the ship leads the way in eco-friendly maritime transport. Its advanced design and technology significantly reduce the environmental impact, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change and protect marine ecosystems,” Russo noted.
He added that the terminal operator invested over $20m to receive the ship, saying “By extending its Berth 11, equipping it with deeper berths, expanded storage areas, and acquired state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment.”
“This transformation positions PTML as one of the most advanced logistics terminals in West Africa, capable of handling a diverse range of cargo types including bulk, break-bulk, containerised, and RORO cargoes.