Sifax gets $20m German mobile harbour cranes, others
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.