By UDEME CLEMENT
The nation’s port is poised for greater efficiency as the concessionair managing the facility, APM Terminal Apapa Limited, APMT, has invested $17.5million in five new Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes, RTGs, to facilitate trade in line with global trend. With this latest technology, APMT is the first terminal in Africa to have RTGs, after United States of America.
Speaking at the commissioning of the equipment, the Port Manager, Mr. Mohammed Nasir, expressed satisfaction on the quality of the cranes, stressing that APMT had in the last seven years overhauled and replaced the facility with new assets to turn Nigeria’s port into a world class facility.
He said: “We believe in what APMT is doing to enhance service delivery for customers, as the company has been in the forefront of deploying modern equipment and constant capacity building give Apapa Port global competitive edge.
“The port is synonymous with APMT because its success translates to the success of Nigeria’s economy. The company has a unique development plan to transform and make Nigeria a leading port in Africa. We believe by the second quarter of 2014, every issue associated with service delivery would be fully addressed.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Andrew Dawes, said “APMT Apapa is part of the APM terminals network of 63 terminals and ports around the world. It is the largest container terminal in Nigeria and in West Africa. APM Terminals is committed to developing the Apapa container terminal into a world class facility.”