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APM Terminals wins innovation award

As APM Terminals’ new Maasvlakte II facility was named the winner of the “Innovation of the Year” award at the 4th Annual Containerisation International Awards ceremony held in London recently, the shipping giant will soon commence evacuation of cargoes from Nigeria’s premiere port to Kano by rail as part of efforts aimed at facilitating cargo clearance.
The award was in recognition of the industry-changing technological advances represented by the world’s first fully-automated and emissions-free, sustainably-powered container terminal.
The advanced terminal design and operating concept incorporated landside operations as an integral component with seaside operations, providing for efficient, seamless movement across all modalities to improve efficiency, maximize productivity, enhance safety and reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions.
Officially opened in April with an initial annual capacity of 1.3 million TEUs, APM Terminals Maasvlakte II, was specifically designed to accommodate vessels of over 18,000 TEU capacity, employing a computerized terminal operating system integrated with Equipment Control System for automated vehicles and cranes. The container terminal is the world’s first designed to use remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes, with eight high-speed super post-Panamax cranes transferring containers onto and off of a fleet of battery–powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles, which in turn transport containers to and from storage racks served by Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The advanced automation and operations increase productivity and safety, while the container handling equipment is sustainably powered by wind-generated electricity, eliminating the noise and harmful emissions associated with conventional diesel engine-powered operations.
On the planned rail link, Chief Financial Officer of APM Terminals Apapa, Sunil Bansal told the visiting Executive Secretary and CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello who was on a facility tour that APM Terminals remains the only terminal in Lagos connected to the rail line through to the hinterlands.
He noted that when the rail tracks which will move cargoes from Lagos to Kano become fully operational, importers whose cargoes are destined for the hinterlands will no longer have to come to Lagos to clear their consignments.
According to him, “We are very much ahead in the process of connecting Kano which is another business hub to Lagos by train. We expect to start operation very soon. We are having some little challenges but we are almost set to start. This is the only terminal in Lagos which is connected to rail through to the hinterland. “We have two lanes inside and two trains can come simultaneously and with this. People do not have to come to Lagos to clear their cargo, it can be cleared at their doorstep. Those are the kind of investment and processing that we are coming with,” Mr. Bansal stated. The APM Terminals Apapa CFO said the company has so far invested USD350 million (about N70 billion) in modernizing and upgrading the Apapa terminal.
“When we started the terminal nine years back, the dream was to make this terminal a world class facility and we are happy to say this terminal is equivalent to any other terminal in Europe in terms of infrastructure and processes,” he said. Speaking earlier, the NSC chief executive lauded APM Terminals’ commitment to the development of the port especially in the areas of infrastructural development and acquisition of modern cargo handling equipment which he said has brought about efficiency and increased tonnage at the port”.

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