APM Terminals Apapa Limited, the concessionaire managing Apapa terminal has paid N30.4 billion into the coffers of government between March 2006 when it emerged as winner of the concession of the Apapa Container Terminal, Lagos and December 2009.
Managing Director of APMT, Mr. Martin Dirks, told a delegation of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC), in Lagos that the amount is exclusive of N1.5 billion ($10 million) paid as upfront concession fee by his company at the commencement of the concession in 2006.
Dirks also stated that the terminal provides direct employment to 854 Nigerians including dockworkers who are all permanent staff and 11 foreign experts. He said that workers at APMT enjoy better conditions of service than those stipulated in the minimum standards agreement with the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria while several hundred additional Nigerians employed by security and service companies who are on contract with APM Terminals come to work at the facility every day.
He said that APMT has a cargo throughput target of 586,000 TEU for the year 2010.
Dirks explained that there is no congestion at the terminal and assured that APMT has sufficient equipment to handle containers.
â€œThe new additional equipment including a Liebherr Mobile Harbour crane has been ordered to boost operation at the terminal which is currently operating effectively with 6 Gantry Cranes and 3 Mobile Cranes at the quayside, 32 Reachstackers, 68 Tractors/Bumpcart, 7 top-loaders and 8 empty handlers while a new state of the art reefer system is being built at the terminalâ€, he enthused.