By Gboyega Oni
APM Terminals, operators of Apapa Container Terminal, Lagos Port Complex, have said they could only service 525 trucks yesterday 25 September, 2017 lower than its daily average of 700 trucks because of the traffic situation in Apapa, Lagos.
APMT said 52% of the 525 trucks were import containers and the rest returned as empty/export. The total transactions performed were about 1500 trucks.
This development was contained in the traffic report issued by APM Terminals Apapa today and which a copy was made available to PortNewsNigeria in Apapa, Lagos.
APM Terminals said the traffic situation in the last 24hrs has caused a terrific challenge to free flow of cargo in and out Lagos Port due to rain and construction works going on Iganmu–Apapa Expressway that has led to closure of the service lane.
“The traffic situation in the last 24hrs has been challenging due to the rains and additional construction works currently ongoing at Iganmu Bridge which led to closure of a service lane and one part of the bridge leading to Costain.
“Traffic was at a standstill for the most part of this morning, as traffic from the community extended into the port thereby affecting serviced trucks/ loaded trucks from exiting the terminal, which slowed down our ability to receive more trucks.
“Information received from traffic officials was that it was caused by inbound Apapa trucks blocking the outbound trucks. The situation now has improved and we now have gradual movement of trucks in/ out of Apapa.
“We were only able to service 525 trucks yesterday which is lower than our daily average of 700 trucks, with 52% of that number taking delivery of import container and the rest returning empty/ export. Total transactions performed were about 1500,” said APM Terminals Apapa.