The Apapa Container Terminal is located near to Nigeria’s largest city and business center, Lagos, as well as key industrial and consumer markets. It is the biggest container terminal in West Africa and the best equipped terminal in Nigeria.
The Terminal has the added advantage of APM Terminals’ Lilypond Inland Container Depot (ICD) located just 4 km from the port. Covering an area of 120,000 m2 it provides an additional capacity of 7,000 TEUs. More recently it has become an agricultural hub for a new Cold Chain project aimed at preserving perishable goods transported by reefer container from the north of the country.
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Equipment & Facilities
- Paved yard area: 55 Ha
- Quay length: 1,005m
- Mobile harbour cranes: 10
- RTGs: 23
- Annual capacity: 1.2 million TEU
APM Terminals Apapa took over the concession at Lagos’ Apapa Container Terminal in 2006. In 2011, a USD $135 million investment was announced for infrastructure and handling equipment, modernisation of the terminals IT hardware and software systems, and additional capacity. In 2016, four additional RTGs increased the total to 14. In 2020, two new mobile harbour cranes were acquired as part of an investment of USD80 million for the year 2020-2021, bringing the total investment by the company in Apapa since 2006 to USD438million (about N184billion), which is the highest by any private terminal operator in Nigeria, resulting in significant improvements in productivity, with zero waiting times for vessel berthing and a doubling of container volume
In 2013, the terminal restored a regular rail service, running three times per week to the inland cities of Kaduna, 730 km (455 miles) and Kano, 960 km (600 miles). In 2018, a landmark infrastructure agreement was signed by the Nigerian Government and a consortium of multinational firms, including Transnet, Sino Hydro and APM Terminals. In addition to making passenger rail travel from Lagos to Kano faster and safer in 2019, contracted and scheduled freight rail services will be offered for the first time in a decade.
More recently, to reduce truck traffic, the Terminal has successfully operated an inland barge service that can handle up to 20 TEU per barge.
In 2014, the terminal was named the “Most Environmentally Conscious Port Operator at the Lagos Port Complex” by the Nigerian Port Authority’s Environment Department of the Health, Safety and Environment Division. It has since maintained these high standards.
Safety & Security
In addition to meeting international security requirements outlined by the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code, and APM Terminals global safety requirements, the Terminal operates a truck safety program program that ensures that designated, physically protected areas are provided for drivers conducting operational activities outside of their truck cabs, as well as safety instructions specific to each facility’s layout and traffic flow. For training crane operators, the Terminals uses a the most advanced crane simulator on the African Continent.