The Port Terminal Multipurpose Limited (PTML) in Lagos has announced the impending arrival of the largest container-Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) ship ever to visit the West African sub-region on November 27.
In an official statement released on Sunday, the terminal operator disclosed that the ship, named MV Great Lagos, is owned by the Grimaldi Group and was launched in April. Described as a marvel of modern engineering and environmental consciousness, the ship boasts impressive dimensions, stretching 250 meters in length with a beam of 38 meters and a weight exceeding 45,000 tonnes.
According to the statement, MV Great Lagos has the capacity to transport 4.7 kilometers of rolling freight, equivalent to 2,500 car units and 2,000 20-foot equivalent units.
Ascanio Russo, the Managing Director of PTML, commended the Nigerian Ports Authority for its support in preparing for the vessel’s arrival. He highlighted the significance of MV Great Lagos’s visit to Lagos as a landmark event for Nigeria’s maritime sector and PTML, showcasing the terminal’s advanced capabilities and its role as a leading multipurpose logistics hub in the region.
Russo emphasized that the arrival of MV Great Lagos is more than a routine port call; it demonstrates the terminal’s readiness to handle the new generation of mega-vessels. He praised the ship’s compliance with the highest environmental standards, describing it as a leader in eco-friendly maritime transport, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change and protect marine ecosystems.
The Managing Director revealed that PTML invested over $20 million to accommodate the ship, extending Berth 11, equipping it with deeper berths, expanded storage areas, and acquiring state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment. This transformation positions PTML as one of the most advanced logistics terminals in West Africa, capable of handling diverse cargo types, including bulk, break-bulk, containerized, and RORO cargoes.
Russo concluded by stating that the seamless integration of vessels and terminal activities at PTML reflects Nigeria’s commitment to advancing its maritime infrastructure while prioritizing environmental responsibility.