The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that a total number of 19,833 vessels were shipped at the various ports between 2013 and 2016.
The report hinted that about 543,842,425 tonnages were registered within the period under review.
The report by NBS said 2014 recorded the highest number of vessels berthed as well as tonnages registered while the least were recorded in 2016.
“Tin Can Island Port handled the most ships accounting for 33per cent of total number of ships that berthed in all ports and 32per cent of total tonnage registered in all ports.
“It is closely followed by Apapa port which accounted for 28 per cent of ships that berthed and 25 per cent of total tonnage registered and Onne port which accounted for 15per cent of ships that berthed and 30per cent of total tonnage registered.
“Also, cargo traffic statistics revealed a total of 312,185,808 cargo traffic was recorded at all Nigerian ports between 2013 and 2016. 196,851,236 or 63per cent of the cargo traffic were inwards while 115, 334572 or 37per cent were outward.
“Apapa port handled the most number of inward cargoes accounting for 39per cent of total inward cargoes and closely followed by Tin Can Island and Delta ports accounting for 31per cent and 11per cent respectively.
“Calabar port accounts for 4.29per cent to record the least.
“Similarly, Onne ports handled the most number of outward cargoes accounting for 80per cent of total outward cargoes and closely followed by Delta and Apapa ports accounting for 10.63per cent and 3.52per cent respectively.
“Also, Calabar port accounts for 0.05per cent to record the least.
“The number of passenger traffic within the period under was put at 52,262 while the highest number of passenger traffic was recorded in 2013,” the report by NBS added.