By Chiazo Ogbolu
APM Terminals, Apapa, has acquired seven new forklifts to facilitate customs examination and improve on movement of heavy materials at the terminal.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nigeria’s leading container terminal operator, Apapa, Mr Steen Knudsen, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.
Knudsen said that the new equipment, including six 5tonns and one 16tonns forklifts, would enhance efficient performance of tasks at the customs examination bay and other units without having to share forklifts with other teams.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the terminal operator had, in 2020, announced an investment of $80 million for 2020-2021 fiscal year.
The amount brought the total investment by the company since 2006 to $438 million (N168 billion), widely seen as the highest investment by any terminal operator in Nigeria.
Knudsen said that as part of the company’s fleet renewal and expansion programme, it had acquired additional cargo handling equipment, including seven reach stackers, two empty handlers, two mobile harbour cranes MHCs) and four rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).
With the new acquisitions, he said that the company now had 27 RTGs, 13 MHCs), several reach stackers, forklifts, empty handlers and specialised terminal trucks in operation, thus making it the best-equipped port terminal in Nigeria.
The COO added that the terminal had also rolled out a talent development programme which included functional training for all employees.
“Our engineering maintenance team are undergoing industrial automation and control training for better optimisation of the latest RTG fleet and other equipment.
”The functional training is in phases and it cuts across all departments.
”APM Terminals Apapa also recently embarked on massive digitisation of its operations and services through the deployment of 4G LTE wireless network and construction of a new operation command centre to enhance service delivery,” he said.
Knudsen expressed the company’s commitment to deepening its investment in Apapa to enable it handle increasing volumes at the port.
“The additional investments will create capacity to handle growth in the economy to support the Federal Government’s efforts on trade growth and improve service delivery across the logistics chain,” he said. (NAN)