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The Challenges Of Calabar Sea Port Operations, Calabar, South-South Nigeria

Volume 2 - Issue 8, August 2018 Edition
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Inah Eteng Okon, Elijah Asime Smart
Sea port; marine services, port efficiency, challenges, maritime transport.
The paper identified the impact of marine services on port efficiency in the study area, the effectiveness of terminal and support base services in the Calabar port, among others. Data collection involved the use of both open and closed ended questionnaires administered on port agents, importers, exporters and other port workers and users with a success rate of 87%. The result revealed that container terminal efficiency is measured by the level of increase in inputs and throughput. It further indicated that the volume of container handled at the Calabar port is low compared to other ports and thus was revealed that expansion of the current terminal as well as depth of the quay will certainly increase the volume of container inputs and throughput to meet international standards. The findings also revealed that the performance of container terminal at the Calabar Port is on average. Chi-square statistics was used to test the hypothesis in SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The Chi-square (3) = 13.370, p< 0.05 shows that there is statistically significant association between cargo handling operation and availability of cargo designated area in Calabar port. It is recommended that the Government of Nigeria invests in expanding port physical infrastructure such as adequate berthing facilities, wharves, yard capacity, quayside depth, railway, as well as expanding the hinterland road network.
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