February 24, 2024

Port operations disrupted as fire guts Terminal ‘C’ at Lagos port

PORTS DECONGESTION: Apapa Port still overloaded

By Godwin Oritse

THE Terminal ‘C’ of the Tin-Can Island Port operated by Port and Cargo Handling Company in Apapa Lagos was on Saturday gutted by fire leading to disruption in container operations at the terminal.

Although, no casualty was reported key equipment in the Information Communication Technology, ICT, department of the terminal was affected.

Vanguard gathered that after filling this report, operations at the terminal were to be normalized as engineers were still battling to restore the system to work.

In a statement signed by Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications of the Sifax Group owners of Terminal ‘C’ said that the inferno started from the ICT department adding that there was no data loss.

According to Akande, the company is working with all relevant agencies to restore normal port operations by Monday.

Part of the statement reads: “This is inform all stakeholders of Port and Cargo Handling Services Limited, a Subsidiary of Sifax Group that there was fire incident at our facility located at the Tin-Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos on Saturday, February, 24th , 2024.

“The inferno which started at our IT Office, affected IT equipment. However, we are glad to report that this unfortunate incident has not resulted in any data loss due to the excellent back up  plan the company has put in place to safeguard its data.

“While minimal disruption to our services is expected, we are currently working with all  relevant agencies, especially the Nigerian Customs Service, Tin-Can Island Command, to restore normal port operation latest by Monday February 26, 2024.

“We are using this opportunity to assure all our stakeholders, including clearing agents, consignees and other port users that we have activated our approved business continuity plan to keep our operations running while we work assiduously to meet the the scheduled date of resuming normal port operations.”