New container terminal at Itori, Lagos to ease congestion at Apapa port
BUSINESSES operating around Apapa in Lagos will soon heave a sigh of relief, as indigenous firm, International Bulk Cargo Logistics (IBCL), has announced the development of a Container Terminal at Itori, Ogun State aimed at easing congestion at the port
BUSINESSES operating around Apapa in Lagos will soon heave a sigh of relief, as indigenous firm, International Bulk Cargo Logistics (IBCL), has announced the development of a Container Terminal at Itori, Ogun State aimed at easing congestion at the port.
The terminal, according to the IBCL CEO, Luqmon Babalola, is expected to begin operation within the next three months. It would enjoy the advantage of receiving containers, right on discharge from ships by rail and delivering the same within hours at the terminal.
The terminal, located in the middle of Ewekoro, is also expected to metamorphose into a bonded terminal; and play all the roles of a dry port.
Enumerating the advantages of the terminal at Itori, the IBCL Business Development Coordinator, Maryann Ihejirika noted that the terminal occupies a land space in a remarkably safe haven, with highly business-friendly and hospitable people, easily accessible from Ibadan Abeokuta and Shagamu, under two hours.
The Business Development Coordinator specifically identified the following: A land space of 180,000 square metres and access roads to Lagos, Abeokuta, Shagamu, Ibadan, Benin Expressway; 65 km by rail from Apapa/Lagos port to the terminal at Itori, Ogun State, near Abeokuta; close proximity to Ogun State industrial estate and Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan and a two hours driving at 60km per hour to Ibadan and Shagamu Benin Expressway.
Ships that berth at the terminals in the wharf can have general and containerised cargoes evacuated from the port within 24 hours by rail.
According to Ms Ihejirika terminal A is designed with a capacity to hold 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes containers.
'IBC Logistics can load and discharge up to 150 TEU containers from the port to/from the facility under the 24 hours operation agreement. Our haulage operations cover the whole country, while deliveries to clients within proximity to our Itori facility to destinations such as Ota, Agbara, Abeokuta, Sango, Sagamu and Ikeja are achieved in a record time of less than 24 hours upon arrival in our facility,' she added.
IBC Bonded Terminal will enable clients to clear their cargoes in less than 24 hours. As soon as the construction of the bonded terminal is completed, lBCL will apply for Inland Container Terminal Status so that clients are able to use the terminal as Port of Destination, reports The Nation, Lagos.