Punch reports that a strategic partnership with Chinese logistics giant, Sinoma Cargo International has been reached with ENL Consortium, in an effort to create a lasting solution to the gridlock in Apapa. ENL Consortium, operators of the Terminal C and D at the Lagos Port Complex, with the help of the Chinese firm, will evacuate cargoes from the port using barges.
A statement released revealed that the partnership also incorporates Josephdam Port Services and Lianyungang Port of China, which is among the 10 largest ports in China and the 30 largest ports in the world.
Princess Vicky Haastrup, ENL Consortium’s CEO, said during the China-Nigeria Core Liner conference in Lagos, that the poor transport infrastructure in Nigeria is affecting the economic performance and competitiveness of the ports. She confirmed the partnership became a necessity when cargo evacuation from ports became difficult as a result of persistent gridlock on the port access roads in Apapa.
Haastrup noted that the evacuation of the cargoes from the terminals through barges, which will be in conjunction with Lianyungang Port of China and Sinoma Cargo International will help promote mutual cooperation and exchange.
A visit to the Lianyungang Port was conducted in 2018 and the management expressed their willingness to accept the partnership. Hasstrup also said “Sinoma has told us they would want to bring barges that can evacuate cargoes at the sea side in large volumes. The barges are the types we have not seen in Nigeria that can take several hundreds of tonnes of cargo at once”.
The General Manager of Sinoma Cargo, Li Zhanzhu, confirmed the partnership by revealing that the firm has a good relationship with ENL Consortium and Josephdam Port Services, which handled consignments shipped to Nigeria from China.
Sinoma Cargo has operated 12 batches of the Lianyungang-Lagos logistics line, organised and transported more than 410,000 cargoes and transported more than 2,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit of containers.