The Port Manager, Rivers Port Complex, A. G. Umar has stated that Nigerian Ports Authority operates a uniform tariff therefore debunking claims that tariff differentials scare customers away from Rivers Port.
This he said during a recent visit of Maritime Energy and Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) led by the National President; Mr Ralph John to his office on a courtesy visit.
According to him, Rivers Port is ready to receive as many vessels as possible, stating that its strategic location near the hub of business as Aba and Onitsha gives it an edge over others.
He also said that because of the effectiveness of its two Terminal Operators; Ports and Terminal Operators (Nigeria) Limited and BUA Ports and Terminal who have made effort to market the port.
He therefore called on importers to utilize this advantage to bring in cargoes, also stating that the non-congestion of the terminals make it easy for vessels to be berthed when compared to other Ports.
Responding on efforts to boost business in the Port, the Port Manager intimated the journalists that his is partnering with the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) so as to draw more patronage to the port.
On the issue of security, Mr Umar revealed that the Port which was previously on security level two is now on level one. He commended the efforts of NIMASA in safeguarding the waterways, which he said has made the channels safe thereby increasing number of vessels weekly.
Mr. Umar who stated earlier that Nigerian Ports Authority whose duty is to generate revenue for the Federal Government as other agencies will do much more if some of its challenges are addressed.