Dawes, Managing Director, APM Terminals Apapa, Lagos, on Tuesday said the
company had set a new productivity milestone for container terminals in
statement by Austine Fischer, the terminal’s Communications and Sustainability
Manager, made the disclosure in Lagos.
handling Safmarine’s vessel, the 62,557 DWT, 4,500 TEU MV Safmarine Chambal,
APM Terminals handled 868 container moves during an 11 hour, 30 minutes
crane productivity was 19 container moves per crane per hour, resulting in
berth productivity of 75.63 moves per hour.
is the first time APM Terminals have crossed the important benchmark of 75
berth moves per hour and we believe we are the first container terminal in
Nigeria to have done so.
believe this sets a new benchmark for container terminals in Nigeria,’’ the
statement made said.
statement also quoted Jan Thorhauge, Managing Director, Maersk Line, Nigeria,
as saying: “Consistent high terminal berth productivity is a critical cost
driver for all shipping lines.
translates directly into significant bunker cost savings for the industry and
thereby lower overall supply chain costs for the Nigerian importers.
the levels of productivity delivered by APM Terminals on the MV Safmarine
Chambai with a Mobile Harbour Crane operation is quite remarkable.
are delighted and offer our congratulations to the operational team at APM
statement added that with a container throughput of 699,000 TEU in 2014, APM
Terminals Apapa was the leading container terminal in Nigeria by market share.
2006, APM Terminals has invested 350 million dollars in expansion and upgrades
to infrastructure more than doubling capacity.
was while eliminating vessel waiting times, improving productivity and removing
bottlenecks thereby reducing supply chain cost for Nigeria’s business
community,’’ it said.
statement added that as the only container terminal in Nigeria with rail
services, APM Terminals Apapa now operated three weekly rail services to the
inland cities of Kaduna and Kano.
said it carried 730km and 960km from Lagos respectively, thereby providing a
key corridor to Nigeria’s inland cities and helping to reduce the traffic
bottleneck around the Lagos ports.