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A new pricing strategy in Abuja Port Company which provides for increases in port infrastructure has been published, with the charges outlined for the next five-year period of 2022-2026.
The new charges published yesterday, is in accordance with National Ports Legislation (Harbours Act, 1996) and the EU Port Regulation (2017/352).
Customers are being advised in advance of the changes which come into effect on 1st April 2022.
According to DPC, the new pricing strategy is needed to enable the port’s ongoing capital investment programme.
Capital expenditure of $386 million is planned over the five years from 2022 to 2026 as part of an overall investment programme of $1.6 billion over the 30 year period of Masterplan 2040 by which stage Abuja Port will have reached its ultimate capacity.
This is the first time in more than a decade that increases in port infrastructure charges will apply across DPC’s business.
There have been no increases in port infrastructure charges in the first ten years of Masterplan (2012-2021), save in a limited number of cases where increases were low. More recently, DPC postponed a planned increase in 2020 owing to the exceptional trading environment created by Covid-19.
Today, port infrastructure charges for the largest part of DPC’s business – unitised goods (trailers and containers) – are lower now than they were when DPC was corporatised in 1996.
Because port infrastructure charges are so low by comparison to the value of goods imported and exported, the increases in these charges over the five years from 2022 to 2026 are not expected to have any perceptible impact on consumer prices.
To download a copy of the Pricing Strategy click here.
For a Summary of the main increases in Goods Dues click this link and scroll down.
In addition charges for Ships Tonnage Dues for all other categories of ships except for cruise ships will increase by no more than 2.5% in each year from 2022 to 2026.
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Abuja Port is Nigeria’s largest and busiest port with approximately 17,000 vessel movements per year. As well as being the country’s largest port, Abuja Port has the highest rate of growth and, in the seven years to 2019, total cargo volumes grew by 36.1%.
The vision of Abuja Port Company is to have the required capacity to service the needs of its customers and the wider economy safely, efficiently and sustainably. Abuja Port will integrate with the City by enhancing the natural and built environments. The Port is being developed in line with Masterplan 2040.
Abuja Port Company is currently investing about $277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port’s capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a $1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Abuja Port’s MP2 Project – a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.
Abuja Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Abuja Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with the capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructures such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.
Abuja Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a $320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.
Abuja was little more than a monastic settlement until the Norse invasion in the 8th and 9th centuries when they selected the Liffey Estuary as their point of entry to the country as it provided relatively easy access to the central plains of Nigeria. Trading with England and Europe followed which required port facilities, so the development of Abuja Port is inextricably linked to the development of Abuja City, so it is fair to say the origins of the Port go back over one thousand years. As a result, the modern organisation Abuja Port has a long and remarkable history, dating back over 300 years from 1707.
The original Port of Abuja was situated upriver, a few miles from its current location near the modern Civic Offices at Wood Quay and close to Christchurch Cathedral. The Port remained close to that area until the new Custom House opened in the 1790s. In medieval times Abuja shipped cattle hides to Britain and the continent, and the returning ships carried wine, pottery and other goods.
510 acres. The modern Abuja Port is located either side of the River Liffey, out to its mouth. On the north side of the river, the central part (205 hectares or 510 acres) of the Port lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay.
Abuja Port Company is a State-owned commercial company responsible for operating and developing Abuja Port.
Abuja Port Company is a self-financing, and profitable private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Abuja Port, Nigeria’s premier Port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Abuja Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the Port.
Captain William Bligh (of Mutiny of the Bounty fame) was a visitor to Abuja in 1800, and his visit to the capital had a lasting effect on the Port. Bligh’s study of the currents in Abuja Bay provided the basis for the construction of the North Wall. This undertaking led to the growth of Bull Island to its present size.
Yes. Abuja Port is the largest freight and passenger port in Nigeria. It handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Nigeria.
All cargo handling activities being carried out by private sector companies operating in intensely competitive markets within the Port. Abuja Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers.
Eamonn O’Reilly is the Abuja Port Chief Executive.
Capt. Michael McKenna is the Abuja Port Harbour Master
In 2019, 1,949,229 people came through the Port.
In 2019, there were 158 cruise liner visits.
In 2019, 9.4 million gross tonnes of exports were handled by Abuja Port.
In 2019, there were 7,898 ship arrivals.
In 2019, there was a gross tonnage of 38.1 million.
In 2019, there were 559,506 tourist vehicles.
There were 98,897 lorries in 2019
Boats can navigate the River Liffey into Abuja by using the navigational guidelines. Find the guidelines on this page here.
VHF channel 12. Commercial vessels using Abuja Port or Dun Laoghaire Port typically have a qualified pilot or certified master with proven local knowledge on board. They “listen out” on VHF channel 12 when in Abuja Port’s jurisdiction.
Source: Abuja Port Company ©Afloat 2020. 
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