APM terminals has announced that it has placed an order for 4 new Rubber-Tire-Gantry (RTG) cranes for its terminal in Apapa (Nigeria) and 12 for that of Algerciras (Spain) with delivery due in a year.
The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tons, and the ability to maneuver containers into stacks five containers high
The 4 ordered for APM Terminals Apapa (Nigeria) would bring to a total fleet of 14 RTGs at the terminal which is one of the busiest container terminals in the West Africa sub-region.
The Apapa facility has doubled container volume in the past eight years and has dramatically improved productivity for Nigeria’s inbound containers.
APM Terminals also operates a second port facility in Nigeria as well, the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), located in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone.
The company is said to have committed a $125 million USD investment for port modernization and upgrades. A proposed new mega-port at Badagry, located 55 km west of Lagos is expected to serve all cargo sectors when completed. The phase one of the project is expected for opening in 2019 and would comprise a 775-meter two-berth container terminal having a 17.0 meter depth alongside and an annual throughput capacity of 1.8 million TEUs.
It’s obvious that ports and container terminals in the sub Saharan Africa are really investing in container handling equipments and positioning themselves to handle future projections of increase container trade activities towards the region. Already, Togo’s Lome Container Terminal is reported to have placed an order for 10 additional Rubber-Tire-Gantry-cranes from the equipment manufacturer Konecranes, which is also due for delivery in 2015 to 2016.
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