2.1.3 Nigeria Port of Onne

Port Overview 

Onne port is situated on the Bonny river along the Ogu creek and is home to one of the largest Oil and Gas free zone in the world. There are multiple operations that are carried out in this port in addition to the Oil and Gas operations. Some of such multiple operations are General Cargos, Bulk Cargos (Dry & Wet), Oil Well Equipment, Containerized Cargoes and other Logistics Services provided to companies that are customers and tenants to these terminals. Hence the Port is a multi-purpose Cargo Port. Operators here include WACT terminals, Brawal and INTELS Limited. 

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 

Port Harcourt: 22km 

Port's Complete Name 

West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) 





Managing Company or Port Authority 


Terminal A: Brawal Shipping (Berth 1) 

Terminal B: INTEL Nigeria Limited (Berths 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11) 

Terminal B: WACT (7, 8) 

Management Contact Person 

See websites above 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa. 

Arik Air, ASKY, British Airways, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways 

Port Picture 


Description and contacts of key companies 

Under the NPA concession program, the following operators are responsible for the management, maintenance and operations of the individual terminal within the Onne port complex. 

These terminals provide services for container vessels, multipurpose and bulk vessels. 

The terminal operators here include; 

  1. Brawal 
  2. INTELS 
  3. WACT 

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

Port Performance 

The Brawal terminal has a total length of about 370 metres straight quay. It has a paved stacking area of 9,400 mwhich is used as an oil servicing base. Warehouse facility available at this terminal measure 6,000 m2. Terminal can host container and general cargo vessels. 

INTELS terminal is the largest Oil and Gas free zone in the Africa and is a deep-sea terminal with channel draft measuring 15 metres. Warehouse area measures a total of 161,689 m2 and terminal can accommodate both containerized and general cargo vessels.  

The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) is a core container terminal and has an installed yard capacity to handle vessels of up to 4,500 TEU at any point in time. Terminal has a yard space measuring 25 hectares, berth length of 570 metres as well as a draft of 12 metres. 

Cumulative handling capacity at Onne port in 2017 was 27,580,642 MT (incl container volume). 

Average waiting time of vessels alongside Onne terminal is 4 days. 

Seasonal Constraints 



Time Frame 

Rainy Season 


From April to September 

Major Import Campaigns 



Other Comments 

The peak months of the rainy season is between the months of July & August.   


Handling Figures for 2017 

Vessel Calls 

681 vessels 

Container Traffic (TEUs) 

1,435,347 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:  

Berthing Specifications 

Type of Berth 

Total Quantity 

Length (m) 

Maximum Draft (m) 


Conventional Berth  

Multiple, 30+ 

Multiple unlimited length berths 



Container Berth 

Multiple 20+ 




Silo Berth 





Berthing Tugs 




Tug boats are allocated to vessels by the Nigeria Port Authorities 

Water Barges 




Container barges are privately owned and operated. 

General Cargo Handling Berths 

Cargo Type 

Berth Identification 

Imports - Bagged Cargo 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 

Exports - Bagged Cargo 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 

Imports and Exports - RoRo 

No Preference is Tin Can 

Other Imports 

                  7, 8 

Port handling equipment 

Port equipments at terminals are privately managed. The respective terminals have made investments in handling equipment’s and the respective terminals 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 


40+, 50-250 MT 

This is only available at INTELS 

Container Gantries 




Mobile Cranes 


6+ Sufficient for demand 

Available at INTELS 

Reach stacker 


2+ Sufficient for demand 

Available at both terminals 

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer) 



Available at both terminals 

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines 










Sufficient for demand 

Available at both terminals 

Container Facilities 


20 ft 

40 ft 

Container Facilities Available 

Forklifts, Reach stackers, Mobile cranes, container spreader, overhead cranes  


Container Freight Station (CFS) 


Refrigerated Container Stations 


Other Capacity Details 

WACT terminal is the core container terminal here and is also beginning to receive additional shipments diverted by importers from Lagos port, hence strains on yard capacity and equipment’s. There aren’t any of such issues for INTELS which is a core conventional terminal. 

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) 

Brawal unconfirmed 


WACT: 375 

Brawal unconfirmed 


WACT: 375 

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 

Customs offices are located within the port complex and official office hours are between 0800 and 1700 hours every. Customs do not operate weekends or public holidays and may be more difficult to engage on Fridays. 

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

Terminal Information 

Multi-Purpose Terminal 

The Brawal and INTELS terminal are predominantly multipurpose terminals and have installed facilities to handle general cargo vessels. Warehouse facilities are also available with cumulative installed capacity of 167,689 m2 and draft of 12metres. There are heavy lift cranes available at INTELS and capable of lifting cargo of 200 MT. 

Grain and bulk handling 

Onne port complex is not fitted with handling equipment’s such as suckers to cater for bulk grain vessels.  

Main storage terminal 

There is extensive storage available for general cargo, storage suitable for food commodities is limited. Brawal has 1 warehouse facility while INTELS have 2 warehouse facilities within the terminal and measuring a total of 167,689 m2. 

Storage Type 

Number of Storage Facilities 

Area (m2) 

Bagged Cargo 



Refrigerated Cargo 

Refrigerated containers 


General Cargo 




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. 

Hinterland Information 

Almost 100% of import shipments are moved out from the port by road. Goods or containers are loaded on trucks for delivery to destination. Truck ownership here is a combination of terminal and third-party vendors.     

Port Security 

All 3 terminals currently operate on ISPS level 1. Access into the terminal is in place by each terminal operator to prevent the entry of un-authorized personnel into the terminal.  


ISPS Compliant 


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

Level 1 

Police Boats 


Fire Engines 



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