Oily yards, collapsing quay threaten Five Star Logistics port operations

 

FINDINGS have revealed that terminals 9 and 10 of the Tin-Can Island Port being operated by Five Star Logistics Limited are currently being threatened by collapsing sections of the quay apron and an oily yard that turns slippery whenever it rains.

When Nigerian Tribune visited the Five Star Logistics terminal recently, it was discovered that some sections of the quay apron has collapsed, leaving large crater like holes in them, thereby posing grave danger for port operations as Reach Stackers can fall inside the craters during port operation.

Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune over the presence of the craters in berth 9 and 10 of Tin-Can Island port, a staff of Five Star Logistics who craved anonymity explained that, “these craters have been here on our berth for years now.

“It is the responsibility of the NPA to fix any issue from the Quay Apron to the Tower Line along our berth. This is causing a sort of constrain for us as terminal operators because due to the presence of this craters, we have to be careful when we load and offload cargoes from vessels at our terminal.

“Even Reach Stackers are exposed to falling inside these craters, so during cargo loading or evacuation, we are always constrained to spaces outside the affected portion of our quay, and this has not really helped us maximise the benefit of running the terminal to its full potential.”

Further findings also revealed that a sizeable portion of the yard is covered with oily surfaces, creating a slippery surface for port operations whenever it rains.

Recall that in 2006, the Federal Government, through the NPA concessioned all ports terminals in Nigeria, therefore ceding running of port terminals to private operators while the agency remained in landlord capacity through collection of rental charges which includes towage, berthing, and cargo throughput fees on-behalf of government.

 

 

 

 

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