Liebherr MHCs boost Nigerian terminal

WACT The Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour cranes will help improve operational efficiency at WACT. Credit: APM Terminals

APM Terminals' West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in Onne Port, Nigeria has invested in two new Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) to boost its cargo handling efficiency, improve service delivery and reduce vessel waiting time.

WACT purchased the MHCs in response to continued volume growth at the terminal and in the Eastern Nigerian market. This year, WACT has already invested around USD2.5m in 10 purpose-built terminal trucks, three reach stackers and an empty container handler, as well as terminal infrastructure and manpower development.

“We have been working tirelessly to provide superior service to our shipping line and landside customers,” said managing director, Aamir Mirza.

“This latest investment in mobile harbour cranes will help us achieve our objectives and reach our goals. Growth in volume over the last two years have highlighted various infrastructure challenges and we are working with key stakeholders to address them. This is expected to bring a lot more opportunities to us and our customers and grow our businesses.”

Major volume growth

Speaking about volume growth over the last two years, commercial manager, Noah Sheriff, said: ”We have handled over 100% more cargo compared to what was advised by our shipping line customers. In 2018, for example, we saw volumes grow by 21% compared to the previous year.”

The MHCs are due for deployment in July this year.

An overall terminal infrastructure upgrade project is expected to commence in 2020.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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