How Nigeria’ll become maritime hub for AfCFTA, Shippers’ council

By Godwin Oritse

ONE of Nigeria terminal operators, APM Terminals West Africa Container Terminal Nigeria, WACT, Onne, has said that it has expended N4.5billion in its ongoing  upgraded its phase two terminal expansion project with a total investment of N4.5billion Phase Two terminal upgrade and expansion  just as it also  recorded a major safety milestone by attaining one million man-hours with no Lost Time Injury, LTI.

Recall that WACT recently launched a USD 110 million Phase Two upgrade. The upgrade covers the acquisition of three additional Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs) to bring the number of MHCs at the terminal to five; acquisition of 20 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes (RTGs); three Reach Stackers; 13 terminal trucks and trailers, an empty container handler, deployment of reefer racks with 600 plugs capacity, as well as paving of the current yard and expansion by 13 hectares, new workshop and new terminal gate complex.

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A no Lost Time Injury (LTI) means no employee or contractor sustained injury that resulted in the loss of productive work time. 

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the major safety milestone at the Onne Port, Rivers State yesterday, Senior Project Manager of WACT, Rutger ten-Thij, said, “We have our families at home and so everyone working on the construction site needs to go home safely at the end of the day. One million hours is only a number. 

To implement the project safely at all levels is our main goal. We need to achieve the whole project without an LTI. It is not only a goal for the project team but also for the workers on site, their supervisors, the management team from Vita Constructions and the entire construction team. A high-rise building is coming up. Other safety issues will emerge. It will be challenging but I am confident that together with the contractors, we will achieve that as well.” 

Speaking in similar vein, the Chief Operating Officer of WACT, Captain Prashant  Baijal, said the achievement of one million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) was made possible by the “full collaboration between the project team and the construction contractor”. “At WACT, safety is our license to operate, and Vita Construction understands that very well. Thank you to all the teams working night and day, the bar has been raised, let’s take it higher by ending the project without an LTI,” Captain Baijal said. 

WACT is the first greenfield terminal built in Nigeria under the public-private partnership initiated by the Federal Government in 2003. Located in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in Rivers State, WACT caters to the greater Port Harcourt area and Eastern Nigeria, including the oil and gas industry. Since its inception, WACT has played a pivotal role in successfully connecting the South-South, South-East, North and West Central Nigeria to th

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