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Terminal operator of Terminals C and D at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, ENL Consortium has entered into strategic partnership with a Chinese logistics giant, Sinoma Cargo International, to evacuate cargo with barges from the port.

The terminal operator said that it was part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the perennial gridlock in Apapa.

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Hasstrup, explained that the existing poor transport infrastructure in Nigeria was affecting the economic performance and competitiveness of the port.

She said the partnership became imperative because of the persistent gridlock on the port access roads in Apapa, which had made cargo evacuation from the port difficult.

Hasstrup, who spoke at the China-Nigeria Core Liner Conference in Lagos, added that the initiative would be implemented in conjunction with Lianyungang Port of China.

According to her, it would facilitate the evacuation of cargo from the terminals through barges and also help promote mutual cooperation and exchange between Liayungang and the Lagos port.

Haastrup noted: “We have been to Lianyungang Port at the invitation of Sinoma, and there, we signed a friendship agreement sometimes in July. They also expressed their willingness to come to Nigerian port to see what ENL and other ports look like.

“This conference was organised to brainstorm on how to have a better operational logistics, which is Sinoma’s core duty. We know what it takes getting in and out of Apapa and discharging of cargo because of the present traffic situation in the Apapa and its environs.”

The General Manager, Sinoma Cargo, Li Zhanzhu, who spoke through an interpreter, said that the firm had established good cooperative relationship with ENL Consortium and Josephdam Port Services, which both handle several consignments shipped into Nigeria from China.

He said from January 2018 till date, the firm had operated 12 batches of Lianyungang- Lagos logistics line, organised and transported more than 410,000 dead weight of general cargo and more than 2,000 twenty Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers.

The partnership also incorporates Josephdam Port Services and Lianyungang Port of China.

Lianyungang port is among the 10 largest ports in China and the 30 largest ports in the world.

The cargo throughput of Lianyungang port is 210 million tons per year while its container throughput is five million TEU per year.

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