WACT to maintain strong presence in East Nigerian market with acquisition of $10m harbour cranes

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Determined to maintain a strong presence in Eastern Nigerian market through investment in more container handling equipment, the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), Onne Port, Rivers State, the biggest container terminal outside Lagos, is perfecting plans to take delivery of two new mobile harbor cranes from Liebherr, valued at $10 million.

The investment in cranes and other terminal equipment are part of WACT’s ongoing terminal upgrade, aimed at bringing it at par with its peers in Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports, Lagos in equipment and operational efficiency.

Aamir Mirza, managing director of WACT, said during the commissioning of four new specialised terminal trucks and an empty handler in Onne on Friday that the mobile harbor cranes are expected to arrive Nigeria in July this year.

According to him, the acquisition of four additional specialised terminal trucks brings to 10, the number of trucks acquired by WACT this year, with four more expected before the end of the year.

“Recall that four trucks arrived first in February, then we added two in April, and four have just arrived. Before now, we had 12 in use. The trucks are required to support the operations of mobile harbor cranes, which operates at a faster rate compared to vessel cranes,” he said.

He further said the idea was to ensure the availability of trucks prior to the arrival of the two cranes in July, adding that the commissioning of the cranes would enable the terminal to have all the required equipment that would enable efficient operation.

“We have been investing in getting more equipment to our terminal to ensure continuity in serving our customers better, enable timely delivery of cargo and grow business. We assure customers of continued commitment in serving them better,” he added.

While expressing appreciation to the …