Nigeria’s leading container terminal, APM Terminals Apapa, has boosted its operation with the delivery of additional four Rubber Tyred Ganrty (RTG) cranes.

Mr Steen Knudsen, Chief Operating Officer of APM Terminals, Apapa, on Tuesday said this was part of a larger equipment fleet renewal and expansion programme, where a total of seven RTGs, seven Reach Stackers and two Empty Handlers had been acquired.

According to him, with the new acquisition, APM Terminals, Apapa will in 2021 have 30 RTGs in operation.

Also, it will have 13 Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs), in addition to several reach stackers, forklifts, empty handlers and specialised terminal trucks; making it the best equipped port terminal in Nigeria.

Knudsen said in a statement that the new cranes, built with the latest technology, has lifting capacity of 41 tons and would ensure efficient services to the entire port community.

He said the new cranes were acquired as part of an ongoing investment of 80 million dollars for 2020-2021, bringing the total investment by the company in Apapa since 2006 to 438 million dollars (approximately N168 billion).

“We remain committed to deepening our investment in Apapa to enable us to handle increasing volumes at the port.

“The additional investments will create capacity to handle growth in the economy to support the Federal Government’s efforts on trade growth and improve service delivery across the logistic chain,” Knudsen said.

He noted that the APM Terminals, Apapa recently deployed 4G LTE wireless network and inaugurated its Operation Command Centre to enhance service delivery.

“We have embarked on massive digitisation of our operations and services.

“This is in keeping with our global transformation drive. The deployment of the 4G LTE wireless network has stimulated greater efficiency and higher productivity, as it will allow for better collaboration in our terminal operations.

“The new Operation Command Centre, which was commissioned by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, accompanied by the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, in December, comes with several benefits to our customers.

“The centre is the brain of the business. It is about day-to-day execution where information is exchanged.

“This is where we decide which box to put where, at which time and the equipment to pick it up so that everything works together.

“It will strengthen exchange of information and coordination in the movement of containers out of the port, thereby enhancing operational efficiency in addition to providing a better work environment,” he said.

Knudsen said APM Terminals would continue to introduce new innovations at Apapa to help both shipping lines and landside customers achieve improved supply chain efficiency, flexibility and dependability, in a cost-effective manner.

“This will inevitably enable our customers to compete in world markets and ultimately grow their business,” he said.

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