The Nigerian Port Authority, Everything you need to know

Overview of the Nigerian Port Authority

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is owned and managed by federal government agency. The agency operates on all the Nigerian ports. Not more than 7 ports are established and in operation in Nigeria controlled by the NPA. These ports are; the Lagos Port Complex and Tin Can Island Port in Lagos; Calabar Port, Delta Port, Rivers Port at Port Harcourt, and Onne Port. The Ministry of Transport oversees the operations of the NPA and this is done with the help of the Nigerian Shippers Council.

The Nigerian Port Authority is located in Marina, Lagos.

Since the year 2005, the federal government of Nigeria has been concessioning the Nigerian Port Authority program to promote efficiency through, public and private partnership.

This arrangement by the NPA has fostered a perfect growth of inflow of goods and services to and fro of the country, especially in the Eastern or the ever-busy Western zone.

History of the Nigerian Port Authority

Just in the year 1955, April precisely, the Nigerian Port Authority began its operations following the implementation of the Ports Act of 1954. Initially, it was only the Lagos and Port Harcourt ports while some private companies’ managed the remaining Nigerian ports. The initial rule that governed the NPA also enabled the agency to properly managed harbors and approaches to all ports in the country. Gradually the agency was growing till 1963 where the agency became even more successful.

The agency grew to a point where cargo ships where being moved from Lagos to Port Harcourt and also began dredging the Bonny terminal for oil operations.  In the same year, the firm issued a £4.3 million loan stock in London.

The agency expanded the length of its quays from – 1968, under the Nigerian Development plan, and additional warehouses and cargo handling equipment were added. Due to the outburst of the civil war in Nigeria which lasted from 1967-1969, only the Lagos Port was functioning and some parts of the port in Port Harcourt was damaged. After the Nigerian Civil War, in 1969, new decree added Burutu, Calabar and Warri ports to its jurisdiction. After the three (3) ports were added, the Lagos port became filled up with so much activity that resulted as the movement and business transactions were increasing. In 1973, the corporation entered into an agreement with the World Bank to finance expansion of facilities within the ports.

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Functions of the Nigerian Port Authority

If you are still wondering what effects have the Nigerian Port Authority on the various ports in the country, then we have a compiled list of the functions of the NPA.

Below are the functions of the agency;

  • Ownership and administration of land and water within port limits.
  • Planning and development of port operational infrastructure.
  • Leasing and concession of port infrastructure and setting bench mark for tariff structure
  • Responsible for nautical/Harbour operations and hydrographic survey.
  • Marine incidents and pollution
  • Maintenance of safety and security at the common user areas.
  • Enacting port regulations and bye-laws as well as monitor and enforce them
  • Day to day monitoring of operations and enforcement of relevant sections of respective agreements.
  • Develop, own and operate ports and harbours
  • Provide safe and navigable channel
  • Offer cargo handling and storage services
  • Maintain Port facilities and equipment
  • Ensure safety and security
  • Develop and own property.

Also in the private sector, the NPA does the following;

  • Cargo handling, stevedoring, warehousing and delivery.
  • Acquisition of cargo handling and operations related equipment
  • Development and maintenance of ports’ superstructure
  • Maintenance of safety and security within the terminal
  • Towage, mooring, bunkering, ship chandelling and ship repairs

Contacts of various Nigerian Ports Authority

Below are the contacts of the various Nigerian Ports. The contact lists include Lagos Port Complex Apapa, Tin Can Island Port Complex, Rivers Port, Onne Port, Delta Ports and Calabar Port Complex.

Lagos Port Complex Apapa
P.M.B. 1021 Apapa Lagos

Port Manager
Aisha A. Ibrahim (Mrs)
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4394
Tel: +234 906 278 4264
Tel: +234 708 081 1074
Tel: +234 705 267 7113

Tin Can Island Port Complex
P.M.B. 1201, Apapa, Lagos

Port Manager
Engr. E. E. Akporherhe
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4395
Tel: +234 906 278 4265
Tel: +234 803 307 2067

Rivers Port
Basket House, P.M.B. 5043, Port-Harcourt -Rivers State

Port Manager
Umar A. Garba
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4398
Tel: +234 906 278 4268
Tel: +234 816 702 9199
Tel: +234 701 016 0444

Onne Port
PMB 6199 Onne, Rivers State

Port Manager
Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4399
Tel: +234 906 278 4268
Tel: +234 803 308 3596

 Delta Ports
P.M.B. 1054, Warri, Delta State

Port Manager
Simeon O. Okeke
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4401
Tel: +234 906 278 4270
Tel: +234 903 8481 537

Calabar Port Complex
P.M.B 1014 Calabar, Cross-River

Port Manager
Olufunmilayo Olotu (Mrs.)
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 879 4397
Tel: +234 906 278 4266
Tel: +234 802 313 8911

Corporate Head Office

Nigerian Ports Authority
26/28 Marina, Lagos.
P.M.B 12588 Lagos
[email protected]
[email protected]
+234 01904 6001
+234 01904 6002
+234 01904 6003
+234 01904 6004
+234 01463 7496
+234 01463 7497
+234 01463 7498
+234 01463 7499
+234 909 812 7785 (Servicom)
+234 812 462 4790 (ICT Helpdesk)

Abuja Liaison Office

Nigerian Ports Authority
Plot 75 Ralph Shodeinde street
Central Business District, Abuja
[email protected]
Tel: +234 815 8794 400
Tel: +234 906 2784 269

Overseas Liaison Office

Nigerian Ports Authority
2nd Floor Allenby House
1a Temple Rd Cricklewood, London
Tel: (44) 208 450 3101-3


The Nigerian Port Authority helps in the regulation of rules and laws that govern the various ports in Nigeria. With the help of these laws, there is bound to be coordination and an organized means of transacting businesses in and out of the ports without issues.

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