Shipside Drydock Limited has pledged to position Nigeria as a hub for ship repair and maintenance in West Africa. The company said it intends to change the narrative of the country’s maritime industry with its quality and quick delivery of projects as opposed to the idea that the dry dock sector is handicapped by multiple challenges. which prevent it from contributing to the country’s economy.
Deputy CEO and business leader Sunday Esezobor said this during a virtual media roundtable where he explored the economic impacts of indigenous business, including 96% of the workforce. is Nigerian.
He said the company intends to realize its plan through progress made with the provision of a viable vessel maintenance and repair drydock at Okirika Creek, Port Harcourt which has serviced over 400 vessels since the start of its operations in August 2015.
He added that his state-of-the-art workshop with a 5,000 ton capacity floating dock has positioned him, not only to be a leader in the maritime sector of the Nigerian market, but is expected to be the hub of dry docking in South Africa. the West. for ship repair and maintenance.
”Our growth is also attributed to the vision of our Founder and Chairman, Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, who took steps to reduce the nightmares experienced by shipowners by investing millions of dollars in the eight different workshops of our state-of-the-art repair facility. in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where ships are repaired and maintained.
”At our floating dock, ship owners don’t have to travel overseas because we have the expertise and capacity to serve them. This will not only develop the industry but also save foreign exchange (FX) for the country,” he said.
According to him, with an engaged and dedicated workforce, priority is given to well-being, stakeholder management and a corporate culture where the customer is king.
Esezobor noted that the ship repair and maintenance sector has the potential to create more jobs if spare parts and steel are available and if original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are encouraged to settle in the country.
This, he said, will reduce capital flight as ship owners will stop going abroad for the maintenance and repair of their vessels and vessels.
He said that with the company poised to become the leading dry docking center in West Africa with its outstanding service delivery and skilled workforce, this will be of great economic benefit to the country. , because more revenue will be generated.