One of the concessionaires in the nation’s seaports, APM Terminals Apapa Limited, has stepped up its expansion projects. The firm, which one of the subsidiaries of Danish logistics giant, AP Moller-Maersk Group, is the operator of Africa’s largest container terminal, Apapa Container Terminal (ACT), Lagos.
It took over ACT following the concession programme of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in March 2006. The exercise, supervised by the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), divested Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) from the day-to-day running of the nation’s seaports located in Sapele, Koko, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Onne, Lagos, and Warri.
The firm, in a statement issued in Lagos, said it was increasing the container stacking area at its terminal by an additional 300,000 square metres. It also revealed that it would take delivery of the first batch of five rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes it ordered from Kone Cranes as part of terminal yard redevelopment and expansion the largest container terminal in West Africa.
According to the statement, signed by its Media Adviser, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, this was part of its phase three modernisation and upgrading of the facility. These include terminal yard re-development and expansion, new staff amenities and customer service building, acquisition of container handling equipment, implementation of new terminal operating systems and a new Customs container inspection facility.
The Media Adviser quoted the Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa, Mr. Dallas Hampton, saying that the new RTGs would be delivered by the end of August 2013.
“That is when the terminal will achieve the first impact of the ongoing development for increased capacity. The second batch of the remaining five RTGs will be delivered in November 2013. The development of about 300,000 square meters of the North Yard of APM Terminals Apapa is in full swing. This area is being converted from reach stacker operations to RTG operations thus increasing the yard capacity and efficiency.
“As this is being done in a functioning live terminal, the area is divided into eight phases which are progressively taken over for construction and then handed over back to operations after development. The first Area 1A was handed over on 16 April 2013 and the contractor is presently working on Area 1C”, he said.
Hampton said yard works would continue till August 2014 and will also include enhanced lighting and a rail siding. He said work is simultaneously being carried out on the construction of a three-storey building, which would house the new staff canteen, locker rooms, break rooms, Customs office and customer service centre.
“This building will modernise and centralise all the staff facilities which are presently scattered in older locations. The new building is expected to be ready by April 2014. An interesting feature of this building will be a new waste water treatment plant which will handle all effluents.
“Three new Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs) have already been delivered in May 2012 as part of this project. Two more MHCs will be procured in 2015. Various other equipment like tractor trailers, empty handlers, fuel station, FLTs, spreaders are being procured and are under various stages of procurement/delivery”, he said.
The APM Terminals Apapa expansion project, which is the third and final phase of the modernisation and upgrading of the terminal, was launched in February by Chief Executive Officer of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, Mr. Nils Andersen.
The firm and its consortium partners recently announced plans to develop a new Greenfield mega-port project and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) at Badagry, Lagos State to cope with increased cargo volume in the medium term.
At full build-out, the deep-water full-service port will be one of the largest in Africa with 7 kilometres of quay and 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of dedicated yard, and will include state-of the art facilities for container, bulk, liquid bulk, RORO and general cargo as well as oil and gas operations support and a barge terminal.
Plans for the adjoining Badagry FTZ will include a power plant, oil refinery, industrial park, and warehousing and inland container deport functions. The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2016.