2.1.2 Nigeria Port of Tin Can Island

Port Overview 

Tin Can Island Port is the second busiest Port in Nigeria after Apapa Port. The port handles diversified cargoes with each terminal operator specializing in different forms of cargo (Dry and Wet bulk cargoes, Box-Containerized cargoes, RORO services). The port handles vessels ranging from 100m – 260m. It is well-equipped and up to date with modern equipment for clearing cargoes. 

It provides water supply and bunkeringand 24 hours pilotage service. 

Private terminal operators operate all terminals and average berth occupancy rate is 83% as at 2018. 

The facilities can handle ships of about 30,000 tonnes. 

Tin Can Port is well equipped with modern cargo handling equipment and personnel support facilities. It has intermodal connection – water and road, however road transport is by far the dominant method. This results in bottlenecks caused by traffic gridlock due to the large numbers of trucks entering and exiting the port facilities and parked on access roads waiting call up. 

Military and paramilitary checkpoints are present in front of the ports and environs.

Port website: 

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact 



Province or District 


Nearest Town or City 

with Distance from Port 


7 Km 

Port's Complete Name 

Tin Can Island Port 





Managing Company or Port Authority 


Terminal A Josepdam Port Serv.     

Terminal B TICT Container Ltd    

Terminal C Ports & Cargo Handling Serv.    

Terminal D Five Star Logistics    

Terminal E Port & Terminal  Ltd  

Management Contact Person 

Terminal A:   

Josepdam Port Serv.     

Mr. Sunday Aindero / 08037241211 / 


Terminal B:   

TICT Container Ltd    

Yann Magarian  


Terminal C:   

Ports & Cargo Handling Serv. 

Mr. John Jenkins/08102852900/ 


Terminal D:   

Five Star Logistics    

Mr. Wolfgang Schneider / 08090401287 /  


Terminal E: 

Ports and Terminals Multiservices Ltd.  

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport 

Arik Air, ASKY, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Middle East Airways, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways 

Port Picture 


Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Under the NPA concession scheme the following operators are responsible for the management, maintenance and operations of one each of the 5 terminals.  

Terminal services offered are bulk, containers, multipurpose and Ro-ro  

The terminal operators are:

  • Josepdam Port Services,  
  • TICT Container Ltd,  
  • Ports & Cargo Handling Services,   
  • Five Star Logistics,  
  • Port & Terminal Multiservice Ltd  

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:4.4 Nigeria Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance 

Tin Can Island has 5 terminals with varying areas of specialty.  

  • Terminal A is predominantly a breakbulk terminal,  
  • Terminal B a core container terminal,  
  • Terminal C, D & E are conventional terminals (containerized, break bulk & RORO). 

The draft of the Tin Can channel is 15 metres while draft alongside the terminals range 12.5 - 13 metres and may be unsuitable for ocean going vessels requiring more drafts.  

Terminal berths are fully optimized however port is congested due to slower than optimum turnaround times. Major bottleneck also occurs as a result of the truck congestion to and from the port complexes. This is now being addressed using holding bays and progress/impact is being monitored. Average waiting time at Tin Can is 2.5 days.  

Cumulative cargo handling capacity of Tin Can (incl. container volume) in 2017 was 15,520,925 MT.   

Seasonal Constraints 



Time Frame 

Rainy Season 


From April to September 

Major Import Campaigns 


From October to March 

Other Comments 

The peak months of the rainy season is between the months of July & August. The major import periods precede the end of year festivities for Nigeria and its major trading partners (Chinese New Year) 


Handling Figures for 2017 

Vessel Calls 

1,350 vessels 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 



Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017 

Bulk (MT) 


Break bulk (MT) 


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges 

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links to the websites of the terminal management companies: 

Josepdam Port services:

Ports & Cargo:



Five Star Logistic: 

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 


Length (m) 

Maximum Draft (m) 


Conventional Berth 




There is no specific LOA allocated for conventional berths 

Container Berth 





General Berth 





RoRo Berth 





Silo Berth 




Silos are privately owned but available for 3rd party lease 

Berthing Tugs 




Tug boats are allocated to vessels by the Nigeria Port Authorities 

Water Barges 




Container barges are privately owned and operated. RORO barge available is owned and operated by PTML terminal 

The total LOA for all terminals in Tin Can is 2,980m and with an average draft of 12.5 meter. 

General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

1, 1A, 2 & 12 (Joseph dam & Five star) 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

1, 1A, 2 & 12 (Joseph dam & Five star) 

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

8,9 & 12 (Grimaldi / PTML) 

Other Imports 

Steel coils, Hardboards, paper reels etc 

Port Handling Equipment 

The respective terminals are all concessional leases by the government to private businesses who now operate and manage the port facilities and in turn pay royalties to the government for the period of concession. 



Total Quantity and Capacity Available 

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage 

Dockside Crane 


Sufficient for demand 

Terminal B & C are both fitted with RTG gantry and mobile cranes respectively. 

Container Gantries 


Sufficient for demand 

Available in Terminal B & C 

Mobile Cranes 


Sufficient for demand 

Available in Terminal B, C, D & E 



Sufficient for demand 

Available at all terminals 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 


Sufficient for demand 

Available at select terminals 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 


Sufficient for demand 

Available upon request and for a fee as this is not terminal owned 



Sufficient for demand 

Available at select terminals 



Sufficient for demand 

Available at all terminals 

Container Facilities 


20 ft 

40 ft 

Container Facilities Available 

Forklifts, Reach stackers, Mobile cranes, RTG Gantry cranes 

Container Freight Station (CFS) 



Refrigerated Container Stations 



Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 


Other Capacity Details 

Upon periods of terminal congestion, units are transferred to off-dock locations for pick up.

Daily Take Off Capacity  
(Containers per Day)  

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient.

Number of Reefer Stations  
(Connection Points) 

Terminal A:  Nil 

Terminal B:  200 

Terminal C:  102 

Terminal D:  TBC 

Terminal E:  TBC 


Terminal A:  Nil 

Terminal B:  200 

Terminal C:  102 

Terminal D:  TBC 

Terminal E:  TBC 

Emergency Take-off Capacity  

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient. 

Off take Capacity of Gang Shift  
(Containers per Shift)  

There are no delays as a result of offloading capacity. Container unloading facilities are efficient. 


Customs Guidance 

The Nigerian customs has functions which includes but is not limited to the following: Collection of revenue (Import /Excise Duties & other Taxes /Levies) and accounting for same; anti-smuggling activities; security functions; generating statistics for planning and Budgetary purposes; monitoring Foreign Exchange utilisation, etc; engaging in Research, Planning and Enforcement of Fiscal Policies of Government; manifest processing; licensing and registration of Customs Agents; registration and designation of collecting banks; and working in collaboration with other government agencies in all approved ports and border station. Customs offices are located within and outside the port complex.  

There are 3 units; inspection, clearing and gate control. 

Hours are weekdays between 1000 to 1600 for clearing and 1000-2000 hours for release. Clearing and release officers do not operate weekends or public holidays and may be more difficult to engage on Fridays. Customs Gate Exit officers are on duty 24/7  

For more information on customs in Nigeria, please see the following link:1.3 Nigeria Customs Information

Terminal Information 

Multipurpose terminal 

There are multiple multipurpose terminals available they have all necessary facilities (handling equipment, space, storage etc) available. 

Terminal D & E are multipurpose terminals which caters to both containerized and general cargo vessels.  

Terminal D has 1 dedicated berth to RORO vessels with terminal capacity to hold 5000 vehicles at a time. Warehouse facility available is 6,300 m2. 

Terminal E has 2 berths available for RORO or container vessels. Vehicle holding area of terminal is 230,000 m2 and this is including holding facility outside the port complex but is fed using barges. Warehouse facility available is 3,500 m2. 

Grain and bulk handling 

Only the Josepdam terminal (Terminal A) is fitted with suckers for handling grain and bulk shipment. These suckers take up grains from vessels alongside and into Silos. The storage capacity of the silos is 28,000 MT of grain. Suckers are owned but owned by a private business using same for its products/vessels. These suckers are available for lease if required.  

The terminal handles wheat, maize and malt and can take delivery of about 4000 MT of grain daily. The facilities can handle ships of about 30,000 tonnes. There is also a grain bagging facility on-site which is transported by Fleetwood Transportation. 

Main storage terminal 

There is sufficient current warehouse space for food stores, bagged and general cargo however not all facilities are totally secure. This should be checked with clearing agents.  

Terminal A, D & E all have 1 warehouse facilities each within the terminal. However only Terminal A allows cargo storage in the open stack area. 

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2) 

Bagged Cargo 

3 terminal warehouse facilities 


Refrigerated Cargo 

4 Terminals facilities 


General Cargo 

1 Terminal open stacking area 



Stevedoring services are the sole responsibility of the terminal operators. In addition to in-house stevedores, there are several third-party service providers registered with each terminal and the terminal operators nominate stevedoring companies to handle respective vessels. Stevedoring services are adequate and skilled. 

Hinterland Information 

More than 90% of all import shipments are moved out from the port by road. Goods or containers are loaded on respective trucks for delivery to destination. Truck ownership here is a combination of terminal and third-party vendors. Only a small percentage of cargo is initially moved using barges which haul these shipments to another location within the port city from where they are also eventually loaded onto waiting trucks. 

Port Security 

All terminal facilities here currently operate on ISPS level 1. There are strict access control mechanisms put in place by each terminal to prevent the entry of un-authorized personnel into the terminal. All authorized persons must conform to international safety standards 


ISPS Compliant 


Current ISPS Level  
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional) 

Level 1 

Police Boats 


Fire Engines 




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