Antwerp Port International takes over Bakassi Deep Seaport project
The dream of actualizing the Bakassi Deep Seaport project is gradually becoming a reality with the announcement of its take over by maritime giant, Antwerp Ports International, Mr Stefan Cassimon, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said the essence of the visit was to do a reconnaissance as well as required survey of the location, suitability and adaptability of the port.
He said the tour will strengthen commitment to the partnership with the port of Antwerp International and the Cross River State Government to either take the investment from public placement strategy or direct investment by investors.
The Governor expressed delight that such a well celebrated name in the maritime industry has decided to get involved with the Bakassi Seaport project.
The deep seaport is one of the ongoing legacy projects of Governor Ayade. Ayade had earlier received the Belgian Ambassador, Daniel Bertrand, who led the team on a courtesy call on him at the Executive Council Chamber, Calabar.
Speaking shortly after visiting the project site, Ayade said, “We are here on the Calabar River, emptying into the Bakassi Deep Seaport with a team of technical directors and experts from the Port of Antwerp International”.
In his remarks, Ambassador Bertrand said the team was in Calabar “to discuss further on the wonderful project in Bakassi and to ensure that the project, that is, the Deep Seaport will be a success as soon as possible”.