Onne Port Complex, one of the key ports of the nation under the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) administration, is situated on the Bonny River Estuary along Ogu creek.
It is the first Port of its kind in Nigeria that operated the Land lord Port model devised to encourage private sector participation in the Port Industry prior to the Port Reform exercise in Nigeria.
The Port which serves as a hub for the west and central Africa Sub – regions in Oil and Gas has an advantage of accessibility, proximity to the Eastern commercial centres like Onitsha, Nnewi, Aba etc, adequate depth to accommodate heavy ocean going vessels and adequate security.
The average ship traffic for Onne between 2008-2014, was 9,791
Strategically located, the Port is the largest Oil and Gas free zone in the world supporting exploration and production for Nigerian activities. The free zone provides a logistic oil service centre for the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria both Onshore and Offshore, also providing easy access to the entire West African and sub-Sahara oil fields
All the major Oil and Gas Companies have offices in Onne. The Port accounts for over 65% of the export cargo through the Nigerian sea Port.
Activities such as Pipe Coating, waste treatment and boat building are provided by companies located in Onne.
The Port is highly industrialized with modern facilities and equipment that can stand the test of time.
It has one of the biggest habour mobile cranes in Africa, (Liebherr 600) with a lifting capacity of 208 metric tons. Also 220 Gmk 5220 grove twin cranes that has capacity of lifting single heavy duty cargo of 300 tons.
The Port operates a one stop shop solution to clients in which all operational needs are provided within the operational environment including office accommodation, hotel accommodation, catering etc.
According to the Port Manager, Onne Port Complex, Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar, “Large expanse of land for development is still available for investors”.
*Business Hilights will next Friday, look at activities in another Port managed by the NPA.