The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in Onne, Rivers State said it is preparing to take delivery of two new mobile harbour cranes from Liebherr, as part of a $10 million (3.6 billion naira) upgrade.
The upgrade will put WACT at par with its peers in Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports, Lagos, in terms of equipment and operational efficiency.
Speaking during the inauguration of four new specialised terminal trucks and an empty handler in Onne, Rivers State, the Managing Director of WACT, Mr. Aamir Mirza said the mobile harbour cranes are expected to arrive Nigeria in July this year.
Mirza revealed that the acquisition of four additional specialised terminal trucks brings to 10 the number of such trucks acquired by WACT so far this year, with four more expected before the end of the year.
He said “the trucks are required to support the operations of the mobile harbour cranes because when compared to the current vessel cranes, the mobile harbour cranes operate at a faster rate”.
The Managing Director also said “we have been investing in getting more equipment to our terminal to make sure that we continue to serve our customers better, deliver their cargo on time in a way that will bring more business to our terminal. We want to assure them that we will continue to fulfil the commitment that we have made in making sure that we continue to serve them better as we progress through the year”.
Mirza said that apart from investing in equipment, WACT has also focused on improving communication with its customers on major developments at the terminal. He expressed appreciation the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for their support and collaboration.
The Acting Port Manager of Onne Port, Dr. Agbo Julius, who witnessed the inauguration of the four new specialised terminal trucks and empty handler, lauded WACT for its commitment to operational efficiency and service delivery at the port.