(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The maiden voyage of 7,000 tons of cocoa export took off from Calabar port, Cross Rivers State to the United States of America. The cocoa was loaded by Starlink Global and Ideal Limited through Ecomarine Terminals in Calabar port for onward export to US.
The Calabar port has faced draft limitations for over 14 years after concession, but the ingenuity of Ecomarine Terminals Limited led to the maiden export of cocoa beans from the seaport. The feat is a turning point in the history of the port, which has signaled improvement of non-oil export from Nigeria.
ECM Terminals Limited Calabar Free Ports is a multipurpose terminal designed to handle and store various types of cargo. The terminal, which consists of three berths, four to six, has a total length of 480 metres.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The development is a huge boost to the federal government’s move towards advancing non-oil exports. Again, the port will ameliorate the undue delay suffered by exporters at the Lagos port due to the traffic congestion. The port will also boost the economy of the region and generate employment for the youths.