The Management of Calabar Port in Cross River on Wednesday received the biggest Flat Bottom Vessel “Desert Ranger”, weighing about 200 meters, direct from Greece.
The Port Manager, Olufumilayo Olotu, who received the vessel, expressed appreciation to its partners, Atlantic Bulk Carriers from Greece, for taking the initiative.
Olotu described the berthing of the vessel as a “dream come true”, adding that it was a sign of good things to come and a sigh of relief for the management of the port.
She said: “Very soon, another carrier vessel will be coming in and we are expecting that Calabar Port will be very active again.”
She solicited the support of all stakeholders to ensure the business climate in the port was conducive for investors.
In his remarks, Asi Esin, the Director General of Cross River Waterways Authority, expressed delight for the development, adding that the state government would work with the Port for maximum benefit to the people.
Esin said the issue of tax rebate for willing investors in the port would be looked into to encourage more investors in the state.
He said: “Governor Ben Ayade is desirous of having investors in our state, so I can assure you that the governor will do everything possible to ensure that investors will not run away due to multiple taxation.”
Esin said for a long time, the state had been hoping and waiting for this kind of opportunity.
The Director General also assured that the state government would give the management the desired support to succeed.
The Bulk Carrier vessel, which weighed 62,000 Metric Tons, landed at the Port with 60,000 tonnes of wheat flour.