Tincan Island Port hosted the public as MRS oil and gas, commissions its newly built jetty yesterday and also hosts a record -breaking milestone as they receive the first LR1 (80,000mts) vessel fully laden with petroleum product to berth in any port within African.
MRS was able to accomplish the landmark through the completion of its newly built jetty at its terminal in Lagos. The upgraded terminal has catapulted it into the international shipping arena.
The minister of state for petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, who was present, congratulated MRS on this latest achievement ‘When the construction was midway I congratulated them for the acquisition of chevron asset which they have now turned to a huge asset”. He also said “Those who make strategic investments needs to be encouraged, we have absolute responsibility to make sure this company succeeds, this also ensures job creation to grow the country’s GDP. The size of the ship will help bring in more product into the country”.
The DG of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside who spoke on behalf the Minister for transportation Rotimi Amaechi who was also present said ” we are here to celebrate a major feast, this is the biggest acquisition in recent time to have a vessel of this size berth in this facility, we congratulate MRS especially because it represents the success of Nigeria as a whole, Every facility is worth celebrating”.
The Minister for power, work and housing Babatunde Raji Fashola who was also present at this milestone event said ” he congratulates MRS for this great achievement. The most important investors are the local investors, this investment couldn’t come at a more better time after Mr President launched the economic recovery and growth plan”
The house of representative chairman downstream, Victor Nwokolo who also congratulated MRS on its achievement added “he hoped other key players in the downstream will take a clue from what MRS is doing”.
The Chairman MRS Holdings, Alhaji Sayyu Dantata, who lead the tour of the sprawling facility, made a stopover at the automation building. Here, guest were introduced to the modern automation loading process of which truck loading and vessel receipt processes are all on-screen monitoring.