PTML Terminal provides relief for port users
Irked by the Apapa gridlock, Ports & Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML Terminal), has commenced the evacuation of Customs cleared import containers from its terminal at the Tin Can Island Port Complex, to its off dock terminal in the Mile 2 Area of Lagos, for onward delivery to customers.
The evacuation of the cleared containers in barges is with a view to saving customers the pains they go through in taking delivery at the Tin Can Island Port Terminal due to the perennial gridlock along the Apapa access road.
The General Manager, PTML Terminal, Tunde Keshiro, said: “The arrangement is to leverage on the existing short waterways barge connection between PTML main terminal and Mile Two Off dock terminal by extending the barge service to deliver imported cargoes.
“This unique logistics solution is to help importers overcome current delays in evacuating Customs cleared cargo being experienced on account of the deplorable port access road condition.”
Keshiro assured that the new arrangement has been worked out to ensure safe and secured movement of cargo from the port to importer’s warehouse as well as, ensure quick evacuation of cargo and effective inventory management.
The arrangement, according to him, would further enhance truck productivity and ensure fast return of empty containers to the terminal.
PTML Terminal, which is Nigeria’s newest port facility, was built by Grimaldi Group, and commissioned in 2006. It is the largest roll-in-roll-out (RORO) terminal in Nigeria, handling majority of the vehicles imported into the country.
The second phase of the main terminal, which included the construction of a second 200metres berth (Berth 12), and the reclamation of additional 40,000 square metres of terminal area was completed in 2007.
In anticipation of the expected growth of traffic, PTML in 2008 acquired an underdeveloped waterfront area located about four nautical miles from the main terminal at Mile 2.
Here, it built a new off dock terminal dedicated for cargo transfer from the main terminal using an environmentally friendly barge operation, thus reducing congestion around the Tin Can Island Port Complex.
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