By Godwin Oritse
Recalcitrant trucks operators, who find the Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC) a safe haven, will soon face stiff disciplinary measures as the port management is set to sanction them.
The TCIP Port Manager, Barrister Efioita Ephraim, who disclosed this recently in Lagos said that the major challenge faced by the port borders on indiscipline and unruly conducts of some truck operators who find it convenient to use the port access road as a garage or parking lot.
Ephraim, stated that significant success has so far ben recorded by his port in eliminating congestion on the port access road, identified lack of discipline on the part of truck drivers as the major obstacle to the free flow of traffic in and around the port.
“This port was constructed in 1977 and despite the fact that cargo throughput has grown over ten times what we had thirty years ago; the type of chaos we experience sometimes can be totally eliminated if every stakeholder complies with his responsibility”, the Port Manager stated, even as he argued that his management has identified three major reasons why trucks clog the port access road.
One of the main reasons, according to him, is the inordinate tendencies of truck drivers to shunt the process of returning empty containers to the various terminals.
Investigation revealed that rather than return empty containers to the holding bays provided by shipping companies, many truck owners will rather go through a shortcut by bringing such empty containers to the port.
“The truck drivers often do this because they do not want to travel the distance to the holding bays provided by the shipping companies in order to save themselves cost even when they have been paid to do so.
Many a times, the shipping companies also encourage this untoward tendency by the truck drivers because that way, they save themselves the cost, of having to transport the empties to the port by themselves. “You now find out that when the truck drivers arrive with the empties and they are not allowed into the port because such empty containers have not been scheduled to be received by the terminal operator.