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Concessionaire Invests $210m in Apapa Port Upgrade

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Not less than $210 has been invested into the upgrade of Nigeria’s premier port, Apapa Quay by its concessionaire, APM Terminals Apapa Limited.

The money was used for the civil works in the port as well as the procurement of the state of the art equipment and technology.

The firm in a statement issued in Lagos said since it took over the Apapa Container Terminal (ACT) which remains Africa’s largest container terminal, container throughput has grown from 250,000 TEU annually to proximately 613,000 TEU in 2012

It also revealed that productivity has increased from an average of 9.7 berth moves per hour (bmph) to a current average of 26.3 bmph just as cargo dwell time (CDT) for import containers has been reduced by 14 days.

The statement, which was signed by its Media Adviser, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, said vessel waiting time (VWT) has come down from 30 days to 0 days besides the fact that ACT has implemented an online invoicing and payment system.

As a way out of the complaints of port users, especially importers and freight forwarders on the delay on refunds, the concessionaire also disclosed that it would roll out an online refund system by the end of this month.

Apparently aware of the ultimatum given by the USA Coast Guard because Nigerian ports are not International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) compliant, the port operator which is one of the key subsidiaries of the Danish logistics and port operations giant, AP Moeller-Maersk Group, it made it clear that has been implementing the provisions of the code.
“APM Terminals Apapa Limited is fully ISPS compliant”, the firm maintained, pointing out that it has not left any stone unturned in its quest to comply with the provisions of the code.

ISPS Code is one of the vital instruments of one of the specialised agencies in the United Nations (UN), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

It is one of the instruments used by the global maritime watchdog to ensure the safety and security of ships calling in the territorial waters of member states. It is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the terrorist attack in the USA on September 11, 2001.
THISDAY checks revealed that the code is implemented through chapter XI-2 Special measures to enhance maritime security in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974. It has two parts. While one part is mandatory, the second part is recommendatory. 

The ISPS Code provides a standardised, consistent framework for managing risk and permitting the meaningful exchange and evaluation of information between Contracting Governments, companies, port facilities, and ships. The requirements also include provisions, which establish the right of a State to impose control and compliance measures on ships in or intending to visit its ports.

It also provides for Contracting Governments to take further action when relevant requirements are not met or when there are other clear grounds for taking such action. In addition, where a risk of attack has been identified, the coastal State concerned shall advise the ships concerned of the shall advise the ships concerned of the current security level; of any security measures that should be put in place by the ships concerned to protect themselves from attack; and of the security measures that the coastal State has decided to put in place.

The ISPS Code ensures the security of ships and port facilities besides its critical look at risk management activity, apart from determining what security measures are appropriate.
According to IMO, the purpose of the code is to provide a standardised, consistent framework for evaluating risk, enabling governments to offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities through determination of appropriate security levels and corresponding security measures.

As a key member of the IMO, Nigeria is not only a signatory to the code but also saddled with the responsibility of implementing it in her maritime domain.

Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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