APM Terminals Apapa Limited has achieved ISO 28000:2007 Security Certification, issued by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited. The ISO Certification is a security management system including those aspects critical to the security assurance of the supply chain, specifically the handling of containerized cargo.
APM Terminals Apapa Limited, which operates the busiest container terminal in West Africa, is the only company in Nigeria which has earned the ISO 28000:2007 certification. This distinction reflects the commitment of the company, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, to perform at the highest international standards, and recognized best practices in theft prevention, cargo security, and supply chain integrity.
The Head of Security APM Terminals Apapa, Ayo Olatubosun observed, “Even though the United States Coast Guard and the Nigeria Maritime and Security Agency (NIMASA) had approved and commended the security measure for cargo handling at the terminal, we were determined to achieve even higher security levels in the interests of the country, and of our customers.
“While global trade poses security risks ranging from theft to terrorism, this ISO certification shows that we have identified the critical aspects of the security of the cargo within APM Terminals Apapa, and have set into place the security policies, procedures and controls required to manage secure and safe terminal operations” said Andrew Dawes, the Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa Limited.
APM Terminals Apapa is the largest of the three container terminals serving the Apapa/Lagosport complex, handling about 700,000 TEUs in 2014, including more than half of all containerized imports into Lagos.
APM Terminals Apapa is the largest container facility by capacity of the three serving Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and business center. With a container throughput of about 700,000 TEUs in 2014, APM Terminals Apapa is the busiest container terminal in the West African Region, handling 50% of Lagos inbound containers.
A 350 million USD investment and expansion programme since 2006 by APM Terminals Apapa has resulted in container volumes more than doubling and productivity increasing significantly, with waiting time for vessel berthing eliminated. Regular rail service, running weekly to Kano, 960 km (600 miles) from Lagos was also established in August 2013.
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