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Lagos port receives largest container ship in W/Africa

The Port Terminal Multipurpose Limited (PTML), Lagos, is set to make history on November 27 as it receives the largest Container-RORO (CONRO) ship ever to visit the sub-region.

PTML is Nigeria’s and West Africa’s largest multipurpose roll-on-roll-off (RORO) terminal.

The new ultramodern mega Container-RORO ship named MV GREAT LAGOS, owned by the Grimaldi Group and launched in April this year, is a marvel of modern engineering and environmental consciousness, stretching 250 metres in length with a beam of 38 metres and deadweight of over 45,000 tonnes.

The ship has the capacity to transport 4.7 kilometres of rolling freight, 2,500 Car Equivalent Units (CEUs), and 2,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).

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,” PTML Managing Director, Mr Ascanio Russo, said.

The PTML Managing Director commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the support it gave towards receiving the vessel.

“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.

He said to receive the GREAT LAGOS, PTML has invested over USD20 million to extend its Berth 11, equipping it with deeper berths, expanded storage areas, and acquired state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment.