Ibom Deep Seaport: Geophysical, Geotechnical Studies Begin This Week

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In furtherance to efforts by the Akwa Ibom State government to actualize the Ibom Deep Seaport project, geophysical and geotechnical studies have been scheduled to begin this week.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon made the revelation on Friday, December 3, at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo on arrival from Seoul, South Korea, where he was part of the Nigerian delegation at the Maritime Sector and Harbour Development Programme.

Akan Okon who described the project as a game changer, noted that the trip afforded them the opportunity to interact with renowned maritime experts in favour of the project.

“I commend Governer Udom Emmanuel for his determination and commitment for the development of Ibom Deep Seaport. This project is going to be a game changer for our state economy. That’s why the Governor graciously approved that we should be part of the Maritime Sector and Harbour Development Programme in Singapore.

“This trip gave us an opportunity to interact with people in the maritime sector, especially Busan Ports. Busan Port is the second largest and easiest Port in the world. It is a transhipment port with 17 Meters draft which is similar to what we have”.

“The mission also gave us the opportunity to interact with the Korea Maritime and Ocean University with a view to developing manpower for our citizens that will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that will be created in the Maritime sector as a result of this project.

“We are looking at areas like Maritime logistics, and other businesses associated with the shipping industry”, he said.

Mr Okon added that Ibom Deep Seaport is expected to be a transhipment port for the African continent.

The Commissioner pointed out that the Akwa Ibom delegation also met with the Korean Cooperative for Overseas Port Development so as to create a strong partnership and a smooth working relationship with the agency for rapid development of the Seaport.

He disclosed that Busan Ports Authority was currently developing three ports in Netherlands, Indonesia and Spain. “One of the reasons we went there was in a view to having them key into our project and they are quite interested”, he said.

The Commissioner assured citizens that the State Government alongside the main investor, Bolloré, were moving ahead with the programme implementation, as plans were settled for the commencement of geophysical and the geotechnical studies by next week.

He stressed that despite the uncertainties occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the investor is moving ahead with plans to construct the seaport within specific timeframe.

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