APM Apapa limited, the concessionaire in charge of former Container Terminal, Apapa says it has invested a whopping N2.8bn ($17.5million) in the acquisition of 10 brand new Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes as part of measures to boost effi ciency in cargo delivery at the terminal. Five out of the 10 cranes have arrived the country while the remaining fi ve are expected to arrive Lagos before the end of the last quarter of 2013.
Chief Commercial Offi cer of the terminal, Neil Fletcher, who briefed newsmen shortly after the offi cial commissioning of the fi ve units of Konecranes manufactured in Finland and assembled in China, noted that the equipment represent the best of its kind in the world.
According to him, apart from being different in class, this model of RTG, which is the best in the world for now is different from the existing RTGs on the fl eet of the company.
It was gathered that the design of the equipment incorporates technology that has remained the envy of most terminal operators in Europe, Asia and America.
The cranes have unique innovations such as the stack profi ling system that acts as an anti-collision system to forestall the knocking down of containers which promotes safer operations.
The cranes are also equipped with variable speed engines, which makes for fuel consumption as low as 13 litres per hour, thus reducing carbon emissions up to 50 per cent against regular models of RTGs, which consume more than 24 litres of fuel per hour.
In addition to all the RTG cabins being fi tted with airconditioning systems and other features, which are economically suited to the comfort of the operators.
Fletcher noted that the decision of the company to embark on the acquisition of the cranes, which are believed to be very expensive was informed by the need to enhance greater effi ciency in cargo handling to match with the growing volume of cargo throughput in Nigeria.
He also insisted that APMT is committed to maintaining international best practices in the cargo operations, which has over the years placed it over and above its competitors spread across the globe.
Fletcher also disclosed that the company is working towards further expansion of the terminal, as plans have been concluded to pull down its old administration building and erect a three-storey building, which will also lead to the relocation of its city offi ce located on Point Road, Apapa to the terminal to promote seamless transactions.
The new project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of next year.
Meanwhile, an equipment trainer, who identifi ed himself as Ebolum Stephen, while speaking on the quality of the cranes, noted that APMT remains the one and only terminal operator that has such equipment in Africa.
He had disclosed that the cranes, which have the capacity to stack containers up to fi ve high, are fi tted with some sensitive safety and security devices that will not allow it come in contact unnecessarily with human beings or other moving equipment, adding that they have censors that will automatically stop the equipment from moving when it senses human contact.