Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has promised to provide solutions to all operational constraints that are hindering cargo handling at all port terminals and bonded terminals that are located at Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos.
The Port Manager of Tin Can Island Port, Engineer Ibrahim Anji made the promise at Duncan Bonded Terminal at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos yesterday.
He noted that the essence of his visit to Duncan Bonded Terminal and other facilities that he had visited before coming to Duncan was to know the environment, port stakeholders, their operational challenges, and what could be done to ameliorate the problems.
The port manager noted that the traffic gridlock in and around the port would be a thing of the past once the ongoing reconstruction of the Mile-Tin Can Island axis of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway which connects with the port access roads is over. He called on stakeholders to exercise patience.
Welcoming Engineer Ibrahim Anji, Mr. Terry Ayamre, Terminal Manager, Duncan Bonded Terminal, said that transfer of containers to the terminal from the mother port using barge is a major challenge as port terminals particularly Josepdam Port Service refused Duncan access to their waterfronts.
Ayamre, who represented the managing director of Duncan Bonded Terminal, noted that respite came since NPA had directed that both Duncan Bonded Terminal and Mid Maritime Terminal to use the Mid-Maritime waterfront for this purpose.
He said that Duncan is working closely with Mid-Maritime who is already developing a jetty on the waterfront and urged the port manager to mandate terminals that have waterfronts to allow those that do not have to use theirs.
The Duncan manager informed that many of his company’s trucks encounter difficulty in accessing the terminal because of the port pass. He advised the port manager to look into this as the issue of the port pass is delaying free-flow of cargo in and out of the terminal.
He thanked the port manager for the visit and promised the full cooperation of the Duncan management with NPA in making cargo handling operations smooth and efficient in the port.
The terminal manager who assured importers and customs agents adequate safety of their cargo and efficient delivery said that the terminal has efficient cargo handling equipment.