The CMA CGM Scandola, a groundbreaking liquefied natural gas-powered container vessel with a capacity of 14,812 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), made a historic arrival at Nigeria's Lekki deep seaport in Lagos on Monday afternoon.

The country's deepest seaport welcomes it

Lekki Port, the country's deepest seaport, was constructed by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), further establishing itself as a vital hub for global logistics and maritime business.

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, welcoming the impressive vessel, expressed pride in the achievement, emphasizing its significance in positioning the Lekki freeport, Lagos state, and Nigeria on the world stage in the global logistics marine industry.

This deep seaport is the result of a collaborative effort between China, France, and Nigeria, and it stands as the country's inaugural deep seaport, ranking among the largest in West Africa. Initiated in June 2020 and completed in October 2022, the Lekki port commenced commercial operations in April 2023. With a design capacity to handle 1.2 million standard containers annually, it has swiftly become a pivotal point in Nigeria's maritime landscape.

Transformative moment

Yan Yuqing, the Chinese consul general in Lagos, highlighted the docking of the CMA CGM Scandola as a transformative moment for Nigeria's shipping sector, enhancing import and export capabilities. He also underscored its significance as a notable achievement of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

Laurent Favier, the French consul general in Lagos, emphasized the event as a significant leap forward for maritime trade in Nigeria. He commended the nation's dedication to adopting cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices.

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The CMA CGM Scandola's arrival signifies a new chapter in Nigeria's maritime sector, showcasing the country's commitment to advancing technology and sustainability in maritime trade. The liquefied natural gas-powered vessel marks a historic milestone as the largest container vessel ever to dock in Nigeria.