NIMASA prepares floating dock for installation, moves facility to jetty

2024-02-13 18:09:13

Tribune Online

The Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration (NIMASA) on Tuesday commenced preparations to deploy the Modular Floating Dock for installation by moving the facility to a jetty at the Standard Flour Mills in Apapa in preparation for its movement to the scheduled operational base at the Continental Shipyard, Apapa.

In a statement signed by NIMASA Spokesman Edward Osagie, the heavy 50-ton cylindrical spuds, which are for anchoring the dock, are being prepared for installation.

In the words of the Director General of NIMASA, "We are moving slowly but steadily to our destination. Today, we are lifting out the cylindrical spuds to be prepared for piling at the Continental Shipyard, where the Floating Dock is scheduled to commence operations.

"These spuds have to be firmly installed before we can tow the floating dock there. We assure stakeholders that very soon, Nigeria will save foreign earnings with the commencement of operations at our dock."

Recall that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) leased designated areas at the Continental Shipyard for the operations of the Modular Floating Dock last year.

The areas include the Dolphin Jetty, the waterfront of the jetty adjourning the slipway, an administrative block, a construction, welding, and mechanical workshop, and a civil maintenance workshop, among others.

The project will be run under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.

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