APM Terminals To Invest $500 Million In Apapa Port

APM Terminals To Invest $500 Million In Apapa Port
L-R: Country CEO of APM Terminals Nigeria, Frederik Klinke; Board Member of APM Terminals Apapa, Koye Edu; Global CEO of APM Terminals, Keith Svendsen; President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegoyega Oyetola; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anita, in Abuja and Minister of Transportation, Senator Saidu Alkali when Svendsen visited Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

 The owners of APM Terminals have expressed their readiness to invest half a billion dollars in Apapa port to make it one of the biggest in Africa.

This was disclosed by the Global CEO of APM Terminals, Mr. Keith Svendsen when he visited the minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola on Thursday night.

This is even as the minister restated the government’s commitment to modernize ports in the country so as to reverse the current trend that makes other ports in Africa more attractive than the ones of Nigeria.

The APM group had earlier in the afternoon held a meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which was attended by Oyetola, his counterparts in the  Transportation Ministry, Senator Saidu Alkali and that of Trade and Investment Ministry, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite.

 During the meeting, the Minister highlighted some of the modernization plans of the government with regards to the ports.

At today’s meeting with Oyetola, Mr. Svendsen, accompanied by Fredrick Klinke , CEO APM Terminals, Nigeria and Koye Edu, a member of board of the company, the group noted that in the last one year, the Onne ports has been doing better that the Durban ports, adding that at the moment, the turnaround time in Onne had been reduced by 65 percent.

Responding, Oyetola, flanked by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olorunola Olufemi, and the Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji, assured the group of the support of his ministry.

“We have resolved to modernize the ports, we are only looking at funding strategies. We have resolved to increase the drought level of the Apapa and Tin Can ports from the current 13.5 to 16.5 percent to allow bigger vessels to berth so that we can reverse the current trend that is making other ports more attractive than ours.

“We are excited about this potential investment. We will be glad to have the specifics soonest so we can know the areas you want to invest in, so we can make progress. I can assure you, you have a partner in us,” the minister said.

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