The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) is developing its image as the gateway to Eastern Nigeria and a strong alternative to ports in Largos, followed by the beginning of Phase 2 upgrade.
Specifically, APM Terminals reported that Phase 2 upgrade of the port, which will begin within the next 18 months, will assist meet volumes that have been increasing over the past three years.
According to forecasts, the port’s volume will grow, followed by the increasing number of shipping lines, importers and exporters develop confidence in WACT’s ability to handle their cargo.
WACT’s Commercial Manager, Noah Sheriff commented that
The Phase 2 upgrade includes the acquisition of three additional Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs) bringing the total in operation to five; 20 Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes (RTGs); three Reach Stackers; 13 terminal trucks and trailers and an empty container handler.
Moreover, the upgrade includes the installation of reefer racks with a 600-plug capacity, as well as a 13-hectare expansion and of the current yard, paving, a new workshop and a new terminal gate complex.
It is added that the second phase of the port’s upgrade will improve reliability of cargo delivery, while at the same time reducing port stays and vessel idle time.
Since December 2019, WACT has been handling gearless vessels, which previously could only be handled at ports in Lagos. Several stakeholders have commended WACT for being proactive and for its long-term commitment to the Nigerian economy.
In May 2019, the terminal invested in two new Mobile Harbor Cranes, in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million already made this year.