The West African Container Terminal (WACT), Onne Port, Rivers State, has ordered 10 terminal trucks, two reach stackers and one empty container handler worth $2.5 million (about N900 million) to cope with increasing volumes at the terminal.
WACT Managing Director Aamir Mirza made this known on Friday during the inauguration of four new terminal trucks to enhance service delivery at the zone. The four new trucks arrived the country, having been flown in on one of the world’s largest cargo airplane, the Antonov An-124.
Mirza said the increase in cargo volume at the terminal necessitated the need to increase the number of cargo handling equipment and truck fleet, saying the congestion on the port roads in Apapa, Lagos has led to an increase in container volumes at Onne, as more customers find WACT attractive to handle their goods.
“The traffic situation at Apapa is one of the reasons for our unprecedented growth. In 2016 and 2017, WACT recorded a growth of about 17 per cent. This is because of the stability of the Naira and government’s encouragement of agricultural-based exports, he said, adding that in 2018, the company ended up with a 22 per cent growth as against its projections of eight per cent growth in container traffic.
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