Si­fax gets $20m Ger­man mo­bile har­bour cranes, oth­ers

The Punch - - MARITIME - Anna Okon

AGer­man firm, Lier­herr Group, has de­liv­ered mo­bile har­bour cranes and other equip­ment val­ued at over $20m to Nige­ria’s mar­itime lo­gis­tics firm, Si­fax Ports and Cargo Han­dling Ser­vices Lim­ited.

Ac­cord­ing to Si­fax Group, the new equip­ment ac­quired are five shore cranes, nine reach stack­ers, 10 ter­mi­nal trac­tors, five Nis­san pickup ve­hi­cles, four trailer backs and other ma­chin­ery.

At the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new equip­ment in La­gos, Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Si­fax Group, Mr Adekunle Oyin­loye, said that the ac­qui­si­tion was part of the com­pany’s strate­gic in­vest­ment to de­liver qual­ity ser­vice to its clients and to at­tract more pa­tron­age.

“With our new in­ter­nal re­struc­tur­ing project co­de­named Quan­tum Leap, Si­fax Group, is repo­si­tion­ing it­self to be­come the first choice ter­mi­nal not just in Nige­ria but in West Africa.

He said, “We have also set a tar­get that will in­crease our rev­enue with over 300 per cent in five years. One of the ways, we can achieve our set tar­gets is to first be­gin with in­vest­ment in equip­ment which will com­ple­ment our ex­cel­lent per­son­nel as­set.

“These new equip­ment are the best and lat­est in town, they will cat­a­pult us into the next level growth we are work­ing to­wards.”

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ports & Cargo Han­dling Ser­vices Lim­ited, Mr John Jenk­ins, said there was a need to ac­quire the lat­est equip­ment in or­der to meet the ar­chi­tec­ture re­quire­ments of mod­ern ships call­ing at the ter­mi­nal.

He noted fur­ther that the com­pany was al­ready en­gag­ing sev­eral ship­ping lines in or­der to boost the com­pany’s clien­tele base.

in her re­marks, the As­sis­tant gen­eral Man­ager, Op­er­a­tions, Aisha Ali Ibrahim, who rep­re­sented the Man­ag­ing

Di­rec­tor, Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity, Hadiza Bala-us­man ex­pressed de­light at the new ac­qui­si­tion.

She added that it was a thing of joy that an in­dige­nous com­pany was com­pet­ing favourably with for­eign multi­na­tion­als in the mar­itime sec­tor in terms of in­vest­ment, man­power and qual­ity of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mediter­ranean Ship­ping Com­pany, An­drew Lynch, also con­grat­u­lated Ports and Cargo on the ac­qui­si­tion of the equip­ment.

Lynch ex­plained that the part­ner­ship be­tween Ports and Cargo and MSC would be bet­ter forged with the ac­qui­si­tion of the equip­ment.

He said, “Ports & Cargo and MSC have both forged an al­liance which has been one of the best part­ner­ships in the mar­itime sec­tor. We are ex­cited that these new equip­ment will en­hance the dis­charge of more cargo vol­umes at the ter­mi­nal.”

The Sales Man­ager, Africa, Lier­herr Group, Nor­man Herzberg, said his com­pany was de­lighted to be the part­ner in the sup­ply of some of the equip­ment.

He noted that the newly­ac­quired mo­bile shore cranes LHM 500 were the lat­est tech­nolo­gies with wider reach into the ves­sels and can dis­charge faster ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently.

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