Slok Shipping Limited
It is rare to find a brand new ship owned by Nigerians in the Nigerian territorial waters. This is because of the enormous resources involved and the technicality and complexity of running a shipping firm. The ones owned by Nigerians are either old or used ones popularly called tokunbo.
However, the management of Slok Shipping Limited owned by the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu changed the story.The firm was top on the list of the firms that have been acquiring brand new vessels in the last four years. It has continued to procure new vessels from Malaysia. Some of the vessels include a platform supply vessel (PSV). The ships were built by NGS Tech Shipyard, Malaysia. Apart from making a loud statement that its entry into the maritime industry about a decade ago was not a fluke, THISDAY learnt that Kalu’s decision to place order for 8 new vessels at a time was meant to intimidate his competitors and announce his foray into the highly risky but very lucrative shipping sector of the economy with a bang. For its bold initiative and aggressive drive in the shipping sector of the Nigerian economy, Slok Shipping Limited remains one of the companies to watch in 2014.
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