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West Africa Container Terminal to Start Phase 2 Upgrade to Meet Growing Volumes

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 24 Feb 2020

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The West Africa Container Terminal is quickly earning a reputation as the gateway to Eastern Nigeria and a strong alternative to ports in Lagos. Investment in the Phase 2 upgrade, due to commence within the next 18 months, will help meet volumes, which have grown consistently over the past three years. WACT’s Commercial Manager Noah Sheriff said “The Phase 2 upgrade includes the acquisition of three additional Mobile Harbour Cranes bringing the total in operation to five; 20 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes; three Reach Stackers; 13 terminal trucks and trailers and an empty container handler. The upgrade will also include the installation of reefer racks with a 600-plug capacity, as well as a 13-hectare expansion and of our current yard, paving, a new workshop and a new terminal gate complex.”

The terminal is forecasting additional volume growth, as a growing number of shipping lines, importers and exporters develop confidence in WACT’s ability to handle their cargo.

In 2019, WACT spent USD14 million to acquire equipment including two Mobile Harbour Cranes, 14 specialized terminal trucks and two reach stackers. This first phase of investment last year resulted in high operational efficiency and set WACT apart from other ports in East Nigeria.

Since December 2019, WACT has been handling gearless vessels, which previously could only be handled at ports in Lagos. Several stakeholders have commended WACT for being proactive and for its long-term commitment to the Nigerian economy.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 24 Feb 2020
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