In my seagoing days, I spent 27 years with Elder Dempster Lines of Liverpool – the main operator to West African Ports. Lagos (Apapa) and Port Harcourt were the two main ports, but there were also Burutu, Warri and Sapele (the creek ports).
I was on the first ship to discharge at Koko, just below Sapele and there was also Calabar – a ferry terminal, and also the little used Abonnema.
I have just read of a new port in Nigeria, Onne by name, and on two different plans, I have seen it to be seaward of Port Harcourt on the Bonny River and also further inland. Can any readers let me know which of the two positions the correct one is and also advise if any of the creek ports are still in operation.
At the time (1950s – 1980), Burutu was a main distribution port for United Africa Company, Warri, the same for John Holt’s, whilst Sapele had the African Timber and Plywood Factory producing all types of timer-ware, especially sawn timber and plywood for export. Any information would be appreciated.
ALAN G DEAN
“Dalkeith”, 6 Daryl Road
Heswall, Wirral, CH60 5RD