The Federal Government has not barred vessels from berthing at the Apapa Container Terminal operated by APM Terminals Apapa Limited operators have said.
According to a release from the operator, Vessel stemming was temporarily stopped for a couple of days last week to enable the clearing of the backlog created by containers awaiting physical examination.
â€œWe have since last Saturday been receiving and discharging vessels at the terminal. It is also not true that we are diverting vessels. APMT is not a shipping line and has nothing to do with the diversion or non-diversion of vessels. It assured the shipping communityÂ thatÂ the TerminalsÂ has adequate capacity and cargo handling equipment to meet their needs.
â€œTo further enhance speedy examination of cargo, it said a new ultra-modern building that will provide decent and conducive office accommodation to officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), constructed at APM Terminals Apapa, Limited, has been completed and formally handed over to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The new building will serve as facility for the physical inspection of containers and for related administration of Customs operations at the terminal.
â€œThe new multimillion naira Customs building has 14 container bays and 235 square metres net office area _ all built to British Standard and fully equipped with modern electronics gadgets and information technology.
We are also constructing a new gate and new set of entry and exit lanes to serve trucks delivering and evacuating containers at the terminal.
All of these are aimed at achieving our goal of modernizing the Apapa Container Terminal and improve the cargo delivery process.
â€œAPMT is not involved in the physical examination of goods and can therefore not be held accountable for delays within the process. We position containers in the examination yard which is now taking well over 600 ground slots and less than 50 per cent of the containers positioned end up being examined,â€ the statement added.