IBOM DEEP SEA PORT A BLESSING TO WEST AFRICA.
The Ibom deep seaport development project is without exception the next best thing for the west African coast line. This project which is to birthed in Ibaka in Akwa ibom state will be seen to play host to different vessels from around the world.
The project itself upon completion is a ‘whale of economic development’ as endless opportunities abound. The project upon completion is set to give a ‘Face lift’ to the harsh economic conditions already faced by Nigerians and West Africa in total.
The Ibom deep seaport is in line with plans by the federal ministry of transportation (FMOT) and Nigerian Ports Authority to augment port capacity in Nigeria and a key component of Akwa Ibom economic development plan.
THE STATE OF THE PROJECT
Total Land Area (inclusive of dug-out basin): Approx. 505 hectares
20km channel approach with 450m design width to provide for 2 way vessel traffic
Marine approach, channel depth and turning basin design based on container vessel of 100,000 DWT; LOA 350m ; Draft 15m; Beam 48m
2 x breakwaters – 1,350m and 600m
Naval facility for security
The phase two component of the Ibom deep seaport will occupy an additional 495Ha. The following facilities and approximate handling capacity for the initial phases 1 & 2 will be made available as follows: • Designed for Post Panamax vessels – marine approach, channel and turning basin depth (16m – 18m) design based on container vessel of 100,000 DWT; LOA 350m ; Draft 15m; Beam 48m • Quay length of about 7.5km • Berth depth of 14m – 16m
The design of the Ibom Deep Seaport has provided an additional 1,565Ha of land area for future expansion of the port taking cognizance of projected growth in cargo volumes. The diagram below show the incremental development beyond the phase 2 component of the project
The deep sea port designed for post and new Panamax size vessels will have several specialized terminals. It will also serve as a trans-shipment port for the West and Central Africa region The Ibom Deep Seaport is in a location that will strategically serve the West and Central African Region including JDZ Sao Tome, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroun, Angola, Gabon, Congo, Congo DRC, Niger, and Chad.
The Ibom Deep Seaport is planned to be a cargo gateway for the vast south-south, south-eastern, north central and north eastern Nigerian markets as well as markets in West and Central Africa. Felak Concept Limited (Nigeria) and Maritime and Transport Business Solutions (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) were appointed as advisers in 2012 to assist with the Outline Business Case (OBC) for preliminary assessment of the need and viability of developing Ibom Deep Seaport (formerly called the Ibaka Deep Seaport).
IMPORTANCE OF IBOM DEEP SEAPORT TO AKWA IBOM STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
The Ibom deep seaport will allow Nigeria to receive and accommodate large crude carriers, ultra-Large vessels, shipping companies across the world now embrace the use of large vessels and Nigeria’s ability to accommodate these vessels will almost guarantee the country’s hub status by the share volume of Nigeria’s inward and outward Cargos
There are three major areas in Ibom deep seaport
2. Terminal operation
3. Maritime etc
Jobs under shipping;
Marketing, customers services, shipping manager, Administrators etc.
Jobs Under Terminal operation;
Terminal managers and his assistants,
Operations manager,forklifOperators, drivers,freight, forwarders logistics etc.
Jobs Under Maritime;
Naval escorts, sweeps, transits, Captains, ship security officers, security vessels, Anti piracy, coastline surveillance, onshore / offshore, security survey of port facilities, pipelines security etc.