The concessionaire of Terminal ‘C’, Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), Apapa, Lagos, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, says it has deployed one of its 10 brand-new rubber-tyred gantry crane (RTGs) to the scanning area, being operated by Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL).
“This new approach will accommodate 400 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per day, positioned and ready for scanning alone, asides the 250 TEUs being handled daily at the physical examination bay. This is a remarkable improvement from the 150 TEUs that was being positioned daily for scanning before this new achievement. The terminal’s extended operational working hours to 2200hrs daily has also made all of this possible,” the P&CHS management stated in a press release sent to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY.
With the stationing of this RTG at the scanning area, according to the press release, it means that P&CHS can receive up to 400 TEUs in a day and position same, ready to go for scanning first thing the following morning.
“Instead of customers lining up their trucks in preparation for the scanning process, P&CHS now provides the trucks at no extra cost to the customers, thereby reducing to its barest minimum both vehicular and human traffic in the scanning area of the terminal,” the release stated.
The document added: “This great effort on the part of P&CHS has thus led to unprecedented productivity by avoiding congestion in the terminal. It has saved the customer huge sums on transportation costs as their trucks no longer have to wait to go through scanning, it has also saved the customers on excess demurrage charges. This is all as a result of the new fast and effective operational strategy.
“However, this level of achievement will be improved upon, as P&CHS is unequivocally committed to delight all its customers and prospective customers alike, thereby taking it to the best industry practice in sea terminal operations in the world.”