|Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr David Skov|
The Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr David Skov,
on Wednesday said the company had invested not less than $350 million (N80.5
billion) in yard expansion since port concession commenced in 2006.
Capacity through Maritime Infrastructure Development – The APM Terminals
Perspective’’, presented at the Nigerian Maritime Expo in Lagos.
from 10.5 metres to 13.5 metres; purchased container handling equipment; and
linked the rail tracks with the national rail network.
centre and crane simulation facility for our employees in Nigeria, and is also
training crane operators from across the APM Terminals Global Network.
significant improvement in invoicing and tracking of accounts payable,
improving cash flow and financial performance.
capital; we are pleased to say that APM Terminals Apapa is one of the most
modern and efficient terminals in Africa and a key transportation hub.
preparedness to receive larger vessels have made it a more competitive port of
call and is increasing employment opportunities,’’ he said.
the port had a 4, 500 TEUs capacity (20 ft. container equivalent), while the
Lome hub could host vessels with capacities that were as high as 8,000 TEUs.
size of the vessels that call at various ports.
6,000 TEUs to 19,000 TEUs capacity and are still growing.
common in the nation’s ports. This has changed with the infrastructure
developments in the sector and with more investments,’’ he said.
ports which will significantly enhance the productive capacity of the country
and improve the prosperity of its citizens with lower costs.
depth, quay front and equipment can accommodate these new larger vessels.
be able to facilitate faster the trade requirements of the future.
APM Terminals’ continuous investment in infrastructure.
being able to simply react to changes in the market environment.
capacity and productivity that our customers will require,’’ the Country
in lead times for construction.
calculated in months but a new container terminal design and development
schedule must be calculated in years.
much further in advance, as long as a decade in some instances.
seaports was made in 2006.’’
Container Terminal, we were faced with daunting challenges.
approximately 4,000 people actually living within the terminal area, making an
already poor safety environment even worse.
long container dwell times.
locate containers within the yard, and productivity in general was low.
priority, the first step we took was to ensure that the Apapa Container
Terminal was a safe place for all to conduct their business,’’ Skov said.
removed unauthorised structures within the terminal; fenced the perimeter of
the facility for appropriate access control; and implemented internationally-recognised
safety and security measures.
Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI) was constant and low,” he said.
to another with due cost, due time and due services.
76 per cent from 13 to 23 in 2014.
and higher productivity, it induces shipping lines to respond with more
services, more port calls per service, bigger vessels, and this in turn
build the necessary maritime infrastructure required to be able to handle the
growth in international trade coming our way, ‘’ Skov said.