“Largest 10 Ports in Nigeria”

Find Biggest Nigerian Port

Nigeria is located on Africa’s western coast, between the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea, spanning 923,769 square kilometers. The state’s countries include Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin. Natural resources abound throughout the country, including substantial petroleum and natural gas.

Nigeria’s ports play a significant part in the country’s export and import economy. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), a federal government agency responsible for governing and operating these ports. They provide a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure that promotes safe port business and boosts its economic success. Lagos Port Complex and Tin Can Island Port Complex are large ports in Lagos State.

Below is a list of 10 top seaports in Nigeria.

Port of Lagos
Port of Lagos
P.M.B 1021. Apapa, Lagos Nigeria

Port of Lagos is a regional hub port and one of West Africa’s most important ports. It is one of Nigeria’s largest ports.

  • TEU: 1,500,000
  • Listed among the world’s top 500 container ports
  • Responsible for the majority of the country’s maritime transport
  • Handled sorts of major cargo
  • Maximum draught – 13.5 meters
  • Facilities for port supplies, shipyard amenities, and vessel treatment of wastewater
Tin Can Island Port
Tin Can Island Port
7 Kayode St, Tincan island 102272, Lagos, Nigeria

Tin Can Island Port is a self-contained port that can accommodate up to 13 vessels and has the necessary equipment to handle most goods. It is the second-busiest port in Nigeria.

  • TEU: 650,000
  • Terminal operator focuses on a different type of cargo
  • Handles a wide range of goods
  • Accommodate vessels extending 100 meters to 260 meters in length
  • Offers water supply, bunkering, and navigation services 24 hours a day
  • Facilities can hold ships weighing up to 30,000 tonnes
Port of Calabar
Port of Calabar
P.M.B 1014 Calabar Nigeria

Port of Calabar is a rapidly growing port in Calabar, with an increasing number of Petroleum importers. This port serves as an excellent support base for any activity taking place in the country.

  • TEU: 10,000
  • Consists of the Old port, new port, and Dockyard
  • The multi-purpose facility manages by the Nigeria Ports Authority
  • Approximately 239,000 tonnes of general cargo, 9,600,000 tonnes of crude oil are controlled
  • Maximum dimensions: LOA 170 meters, draught 7.0 meters
Rivers Port Authority/ Port Harcourt
Rivers Port Authority/ Port Harcourt
Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Rivers Port Authority/ Port Harcourt is the capital of the State of Rivers, is situated in the Gulf of Guinea, in southwestern Nigeria on the banks of the Bonny River. This port is Nigeria’s most important oil refining city and a major industrial center with several multinational corporations.

  • TEU: N/A
  • One of the biggest ports in Nigeria
  • Expanded from one berth for coal export to four berths handle a cargo mix of import/export cargos
  • Currently, accommodate eight contemporary seagoing boats loading and unloading simultaneously
  • 16 bulk oil storage tanks with a capacity of 3,048 tons
Delta Port
Delta Port
Delta, Nigeria

Delta Port is a one-of-a-kind company with tremendous growth potential. This port has been designated as the port of the future, and it offers benefits that set it apart and put it in a class of its own.

  • TEU: 1,224 (2020)
  • Ability to generate its cargo
  • Assure cargo security
  • Provide appropriate modern facilities to handle all types of cargo
  • Mission to establish the port as a national treasure and focus on merchant shipping
Port of Onne
Port of Onne
Onne Nigeria

Port of Onne contributes about 65 percent of the export cargo through the Nigerian seaport. It is the world’s largest oil and gas-free zone, supporting exploration and production for Nigerian activities.

  • TEU: 4,500
  • Serves as an oil and gas hub for the West and Central African regions
  • Deep enough to accommodate large ocean-going vessels
  • Heavily industrialized, with cutting-edge buildings and equipment that can withstand the weather
  • Mainly handles: containers, bulk cargo, raw and finished products, coal, fertilizers, and steel
Escravos Oil Terminal
Escravos Oil Terminal
2 Chevron Drive, Lekki Peninsula PMB 1282 Lagos Nigeria

Escravos Oil Terminal is located around 9.5 nautical miles west of the Niger Delta. Chevron Nigeria Ltd authorizes it.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Comprised of a permanent platform with 2 SBM’s for loading export
  • Major exports: crude and LPG FSO
  • Gas pipeline runs eastward
Port of Onitsha
Port of Onitsha
Bridgehead 431102, Onitsha, Nigeria

Port of Onitsha is a river port situated on the eastern bank of the Niger River. It is home to the Onitsha Main Market, Africa’s largest market by geographical area and volume of commodities.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Commercial, industrial, and educational center
  • Currently undergoing redevelopment
  • Reopen last November of 2011
  • Utilize the port to allow huge ships
Port of Sapele
Port of Sapele
Plot 770 Tofa House Abuja Nigeria

Port of Sapele is located at the Benin, Ethiope, and Jamieson Rivers, over 100 kilometers from the sea. Nigerian Ports Authority operates this port.

  • TEU: N/A
  • Mainly handles: seafood, dry bulk, general cargo, and petroleum products
  • Maximum draught – 6.4 meters
  • Channel – 4.9 meters to 6.1 meters
  • Cargo Pier – 4.9 meters to 6.1 meters
  • Anchorage – 4.9 to 6.1 meters
Port of Warri
Port of Warri
Ugbuwangue community warri, Warri city, Nigeria

In May 2011, the Port of Warri was finally designated as a Free Zone. This port operated at total capacity, delivering complete, reliable, and quality service, similar to those provided by other Intels-operated terminals.

  • TEU: 1,000
  • Reaching the high standards demanded by its customers
  • It consists of 2 ports, eight berths, an old pier, Ogunu wharf, and six berths
  • Major exports: steel, LPG, and crude oil
  • Primary imports: general cargo, food products, and machinery
  • Annually handled around 382,000 tons of cargo
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