According to a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on its website, the Nigerian Ports Statistics 2012 – 2017 reflected that ship traffic at the Nigerian ports recorded a total of 4,175 ocean-going vessels with 131,569,821 gross registered tonnage in 2017 as against 4,622 ocean-going vessels with 134,2,13,076 gross registered tonnage in 2016.
Similarly, a total of 12,243 service boats with 5,910,406 gross registered tonnage was recorded in 2017 as against 9,418 service boats with 5,193,402 gross registered tonnage in 2016.
Also, cargo traffic statistics revealed a total of 71,903,266 cargo traffic was recorded at all Nigerian ports in 2017 as against 70,819,092 cargo traffic in 2016. 43,019,889 of the cargo traffic were inwards while 28,883,377 were outward.
A total of 181,404 vehicle traffic was recorded in 2017 at all the ports as against 105,189 vehicle traffic in 2016 and 131,994 in 2015.
The number of passenger traffic at the Calabar Port within the period under review was put at 6,704 in 2017 as against 7,442 in 2016.
Amaka E. Nliam