Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the arrival of CMA CGM SCANDOLA, a container vessel powered by Liquefied natural gas, at the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed in photos shared on his X handle on Monday.
According to him, the vessel made history by being the first to sail to West Africa, arriving in Tema, Ghana before making its call at the Lekki Port in Lagos, Nigeria.
He wrote, “It is nice to start off the week with some great news today; the LNG-powered CMA CGM SCANDOLA, a 14,812 TEUs container vessel, has made history by berthing at the Lekki Deep Sea Port—the most modern and deepest seaport in Nigeria.
“The CMA CGM SCANDOLA is the first LNG-powered container vessel to sail to West Africa, arriving in Tema before making its mark at Lekki Port.
“It is important to note that the Lekki Deep Sea Port is the only port in Nigeria with the facilities to receive such large container vessels.
“I’m proud of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lekki Freeport Terminal, and CMA CGM for elevating Nigeria’s maritime industry. The key to economic prosperity lies within the Lekki Economic Zone.”
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Koko, the management of the Lekki Deep Sea Ports, and other stakeholders were also present to witness the arrival of the vessel to Nigeria.
The CMA CGM SCANDOLA has a length overall of 366 meters and a width of 51 meters.
According to IAA PortNews, a maritime and river transport news outlet, the CMA CGM SCANDOLA, which ranks amongst the largest vessels to be calling in West Africa, will continue its voyage and sail to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire after departing Nigeria.
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