APM Terminals’ (APMT) West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has ordered 20 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes as it upgrades its handling operations, aiming to achieve greater stacking density, throughput and productivity.
Delivery is scheduled for Q4 2020 – Q2 2021 at the facility in Onne Port, part of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in East Nigeria.
WACT, which is meant to offer strong hinterland connections to the rest of Nigeria, was one of the first container terminals to be built in Nigeria under public/private ownership.
The Konecranes RTGs on order are diesel-driven, 16-wheel machines stacking 1-over-5 high and seven containers + truck lane wide. They are equipped with Active Load Control, Auto-steering and Auto-TOS reporting.
Mohammed A. Ahmed, Managing director of APMT Nigeria said: “This is part of our earlier announced expansion of the existing terminal capacity, a US$100m investment, that started last year and that will be fully in place shortly.
“The expansion plan will deliver sufficient capacity to meet the envisaged growth in East Nigeria for the next 15 years.”