Dynamar report:

‘Collaboration is key to solve West African port congestion’

Dutch company Dynamar BV has provides transport and shipping information and consultancy services for marine, energy and financial sectors. According to one of their reports -published last month- solutions to the persistent congestion at Nigerian ports are multiple and must include a collaborative element.

Dynamar publishes regional reports throughout the year and the group’s latest West African analysis shows that the congestion, particularly in Nigerian ports, is persisting. However, stakeholders are all busily pointing fingers at others rather than developing solutions.

Darron Wadey, senior shipping analyst and consultant at Dynamar, concluded: “This is a very joined-up problem, with no single cause and therefore no single solution. ‘The’ solution will, therefore, need to be joined-up and tackle all the issues raised.”

Container-news.com describes the issues as including a task force put together to pinpoint the causes of the congestion and to highlight remedies. Services have been diverted from Lagos terminals at Tin Can and Apapa to ports as far as 1,500km south of Lagos, in Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo, with transhipment back to Nigeria. Even carriers such as CMA CGM and Maersk Line, who have vessel calls in Lagos ports have diverted cargo as the delays to ships were approaching 30 days on weekly services.

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