The Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, has explained cause of shallowness of the Escravos Channel.
According to him, the two break-waters in the Escravos have collapsed, a development he said resulted in the shallowness.
The Channel leads to the Warri and other Ports and the management of the NPA has promised to rehabilitate the navigational aid as soon as possible.
The break-waters plays major role in the provision of nautical access for vessels to Warri, Koko and Sapele Ports in Delta State.
In his presentation at the just concluded Ministerial Retreat of the Federal Ministry of Transport held in Lagos, Bello-Koko, explained that the entire port complex is protected by the two breakwaters which are totally dilapidated adding that rehabilitation works on the infrastructure has commenced.
He stated: “The entire port is protected by two break-waters which are totally dilapidated, this is responsible for the shallow draught in the Channel.
“Towards restoring the situation, management had awarded the contract for the Geotechnical investigation which has been completed while the design for the new breakwater is ongoing.