Maersk temporarily halts Nigerian cargo discharge

Container shipping company Maersk Line has suspended the discharge of cargo at the Nigerian ports of Tin Can, Onne and Apapa because of a lack of storage capacity. Maersk Line said that it was in negotiations with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) to resolve the problem.

Ships affected are the Maersk Cape Town in the FW2 service, which will wait in Nigeria to discharge containers; the Northern Guard in the WAF6 service, which is four days delayed in Lagos, but will be on time into Abidjan; the Seaspan Lingue in the MW1 service, which is expected to be on time to Contonou; the Maersk Cairo in the FW2 service, which will be on time into Onne and the Maersk Indus in the MW1 service, which is said to be “under review”. Other vessels affected are the Jack London in W6A service that will be delayed one day into Abidjan; the Hammonia Virginia delayed four days into Tema, the Vagenga Maersk expected to be four to five days delayed.

In addition the Maersk Copenhagen in the FW2 service will be delayed six days into Pointe Noire

“Maersk Line will continue to work in full cooperation with, in the all relevant authorities in Nigeria to offer sustainable services and operations to its valued customers,” the company said.