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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is a federal government agency that
governs and operates the ports of Nigeria. The major ports controlled by the NPA
include: the Lagos Port Complex and Tin Can Island Port in Lagos; Calabar Port,
Delta Port, Rivers Port at Port Harcourt and Onne Port. Operations of the NPA
are carried out in association with the Ministry of Transport and the
Nigerian Shippers' Council. The main offices of the Nigerian Ports Authority
are located in Lagos.
Martin Grieve, 20 Dec 2017
According to Flags of the World by EMC Barraclough and W Crampton (1981 edition) [bcr81] page 153, the flag of the Nigerian Ports Authority is green with a white disc in the centre
charged with a gold [heraldic] dolphin wearing a naval crown and a chain with
a gold hexagram around its neck.
Santiago Dotor, 13 April 2000
image sent by Martin Grieve, 14 April 2000
The website of the Nigerian
Ports Authority shows a coat of arms which appears to be used as the emblem
of the organisation.
Martin Grieve, 14 April 2000
In the 1965 edition of “Flags of the World” by EMC Barraclough states “The flag
of the Nigerian Ports Authority is green, proportions two to one, with a white
disc in the centre occupying one-third of the hoist; this disc is charged with
a green dolphin, similar to the supporters in the Arms of the Authority, but is ensigned with a naval crown in gold. Around the neck of the dolphin is a gold
chain beneath which are two interlaced triangles, also in gold”.
The author would appear to have erred in his report of the size of the disc, as the text is accompanied by a black and white drawing showing the diameter as one-third of the length.
Image by Martin Grieve, 20 Dec 2017
In the 1978 and 1981 editions of the same book, however, on page 153, Barraclough
states, “The flag of the Ports Authority is green with a white disc in the centre
charged with a gold dolphin wearing a naval crown and a chain with a gold
hexagram around its neck”. Either the first report was incorrect or it may be
the case that the NPA changed the central device.
Sources: “Flags of the World” by EMC Barraclough (1965 [bar65], 1978 [c2b78] and 1981 [c2b81] editions) and the Nigerian Ports Authority website.
Martin Grieve, 20 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Ports Authority was created in 1955 when it replaced Nigerian
Ports and Seaways that had been operated by the Marine Department of the
Nigerian Government. The vessels of the Marine Department that had flown the
Nigerian Blue Ensign now flew the Nigerian Ports Authority Blue Ensign
which was granted
29 August 1955. The badge in the fly was similar to the badge on the Nigerian
Blue Ensign but the circle was white instead of red, and the crown and word
NIGERIA in the centre of the star were replaced by the letters NPA in gold. Return of the warrant was requested
06 November 1961, but the ensign was
probably not used after October 1960.
David Prothero, 13 April 2000
image by Martin Grieve, 13 April 2000