Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited says the number of shipping lines that drop their anchors at its terminal inside Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, has increased as a container vessel – Navious Azure – owned by a leading German shipping company, Hapag Lloyd – recently called at Ports & Cargo.
Navious Azure is one of the largest container vessels of Hapag Lloyd and it was built in 2007 with gross tonnage of 39,906 tonnes and length overall of 260.5m.
This was disclosed to PortNews in Lagos by Mr. Muyiwa Akande, Manager, Corporate Affairs of SIFAX Group, owners of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited.
According to Akande, the vessel’s crew was welcomed to the terminal by Mr. John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited who expressed the company’s delight at the vessel’s maiden call and added that the development was a testament to the terminal’s readiness to provide cutting-edge port terminal services to more clients.
Jenkins was quoted as saying “we are excited to have this ship berth at our terminal. We are delighted that Hapag Lloyd, which is one the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet owners, prefers our terminal for their operations and the shipping line will call frequently at this terminal.
“This business relationship with Hapag Lloyd is one of several partnerships we have been working on in the past few months. This new wave of patronage is a result of the massive investment we have made both in modern equipment, quality personnel and improved processes over the years. All these have translated in better service delivery, which is what an average client wants.”
The ship’s Captain, John Trafiero, was said to have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and excellent service provided by Ports & Cargo as he expressed his joy at berthing at one of Africa’s prime ports.
“This is a resounding welcome we have received here today and it would stick in our memories wherever we sail to. Though we are sailing back very soon, my crew and I cannot wait to be back here again,” he said while responding on behalf of the vessel’s crew members.