Terminal Operator Acquires More Equipment

One of the concessionaires in the nation’ seaports, Ports and Cargo Limited, one of the subsidiaries of Sifax Group and operator of Terminal C, Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) Apapa Lagos, have acquired more equipment to enhance its operations.

The firm managing director, John Jenkins revealed that the equipment procured by the indigenous firm includes shore cranes, forklifts, terminal tractors and trailer which has made the company terminal to witness an improvement in the efficient tracking of containers, reduction in cargo vandalisation, theft and total enhancement of service operations, at a media briefing in Lagos.

According to Mr. Jenkins, these initiatives have led to a tremendous decrease in turnaround time of vessels. Formerly, ships require 5-7 days berth occupancy, however, recently, it only takes about 36-48 operational hours for ships to berth and leave the terminal. This efficient time-savings is attributable to the computerisation of operations, installation of new terminal operating systems to track container movements and is a departure from the manual spotting of containers by humans. The facilities upgrade was to aid effective service delivery.