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Aquires 43 tractors, 14 forklifts, 10 RTGs,  others

Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited (PCHS), an indigenous port terminal operator and concessionaire of Terminal ‘C’ Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos  has described Nigeria’s port concessioning agenda as a great success.

The Federal Government had in 2006 concessioned the management of seaport terminals in the country to private investors after a competitive bid that involved some renowned port terminal management companies around the world.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the port concessioning programme, Acting Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Mohammed  Bulangu explained that  the coming on board of the private investors has brought a great deal of improvement in service delivery, infrastructure development and modern equipment acquisition in the maritime industry.

According to Bulangu, Ports and Cargo terminal has fully complied with and even exceeded obligations regarding acquisition of plants and equipment.

He said: “For instance, we proposed to buy three ship-to-shore cranes but bought seven. We proposed to buy six rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs) but bought ten. Other equipment acquired over the years include 43 terminal tractors, 14 forklifts,  23 reach stackers, heavy-duty generating sets, tractors, among others.

“We also provided an imposing and befitting edifice for the Customs and other government regulatory agencies and we have a standard warehouse that can house about 8,200 metric tonnes of cargoes”.

He explained that the “massive investment that runs to millions of dollars in value”, has transformed the hitherto decayed terminal into a modern and information technology-driven seaport that is comparable to any terminal around the world.



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