Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nigeria to relocate tank farms to ease Apapa congestion.

Feasibility studies are reported to be underway for the relocation of tank farms in the major ports of Apapa and Tin Can Island in Lagos, Nigeria, to proposed sites in less congested areas of the country.
According to the federal government, two sites in Ogun and Ondo are undergoing due process considerations but both have deepwater drafts capable of receiving larger vessels into the tank farm jetties.
The tank farms' current location in the heavily congested Apapa area has been called a 'time-bomb' by Vicky Haastrup, chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), who believes the results of a fire outbreak at the port would be catastrophic due to the bottlenecks created by gridlock that results from the competition between tanker trailers going to load at the tank farms and trucks that are going into the seaport to load containers.
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