The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) has built a fuel bowser to fuel aviation ground support equipment in Lagos.
The fuel bowser was built from scratch at the SAHCOL Engineering and Maintenance workshop.
The fuel bowser is the first in the history of aviation of ground handling in Nigeria to be created from scratch from locally sourced materials. The idea to create the equipment was conceived by the engineering team of SAHCOL to align with the Nigerian maxim of Use Nigeria Buy Nigeria. The production of the equipment is aimed at leading to higher efficiency of safe and fast service delivery which is what SAHCOL stands for.
The 3,000 liter capacity equipment can be operated both manually and with battery. The equipment which is towable has all the features of an imported Fuel Bowser with modifications to fit the Nigerian terrain. The Bowser is designed to be both rugged and comfortable for use by the handlers to dispense rapid fueling in a safe and spillage free manner.
Before now the Fuel Bowser amongst other Ground Support Equipment has been purchased from aviation ground handling Ground Support Equipment making companies in Europe and other western countries. This production has helped to overcome the problem of waiting incessantly for Ground Support Equipment to be shipped to the shores of Nigeria and also waiting for clearance by the authorities at the port before being brought to the workshop for use. Another reason is that the construction of this bowser has saved the company the cost of sourcing for foreign currency to purchase imported equipment.
As much as the tow fuel bowser is an equipment that is overlooked as not been as important as other heavy duty ground support equipment, it is of great significance for a hitch free refueling of Ground Support Equipment on the ramp.