Lagos – ENL Consortium, operator of Terminals C and D of the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, has won the prestigious Seatrade Award held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by the Chief Executive Officer of Ships and Ports, Mr Bolaji Akinola, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the statement, ENL Consortium, a wholly indeginous company did the country proud on the global scene as the best of shipping and maritime operators across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent.
“It is the first time any Nigerian company will win such award.
“We are quite excited because the awards were very competitive. It is a great honour to be recognised among the best port operators in the world,” the statement said.
The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Haastrup, said her company was proud to be part of the success story of Nigeria’s port concession regime.
She said the concession had boosted operational efficiency at the nation’s seaports.
“This is a further proof that Nigeria’s port concession programme is a huge success and has continued to receive international accolades.
“We have achieved more than 200 per cent performance growth within a relatively short period of time.
“At ENL terminals, we ensure that we add value to all our stakeholders and customers including importers, agents, shipping companies and government,” Haastrup said.
NAN reports that with 11 berths and capacity to handle between 9.7 and 11 metres draft, ENL offers discharging services on all essential commodities coming into Nigeria.
The company also provides stevedoring services and with its state of the art plants and equipment, well trained staff and critical Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, the statement said.
The Seatrade awards, held under the patronage of Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Chairman, Dubai Maritime City Authority, was attended by over 700 guests at the Joharah Ballroom at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
The Seatrade award is widely recognised as the region’s premiere maritime awards.
A total of 25 awards, honouring individuals, organisations and companies were announced at the celebration of shipping and maritime in the region.
Other award winners include DP World and United Arab Shipping Company, among others. (NAN)