Ship waste: African Circle unveils 16 new trucks

From left, Acting Coordinating Officer, Africa Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML), Mr Ahmadu Fidi Ahmadu; representative of the General Manager, Health Safety & Environment (HSE), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Yunusa Ibrahim; General Manager, Security, NPA, Mr Nasir Anas Mohammed, and the District Manager, Lagos Port, ACPML, Mrs Latifat Ibrahim, at the unveiling of 16 modern trucks procured by ACPML in Lagos, recently.

In a bid to fulfill its mandate as contained in the agreement it signed with the Federal Government, the management of African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) has unveiled 16 new modern trucks to provide adequate waste reception facilities for waste generated in vessels calling at Nigerian ports.

The trucks in addition to the earlier ones procured by the company are expected to enhance the operations of the company in the nation’s seaports situated in Lagos, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri and Onne.

The procurement of the trucks was in line with the requirements of the Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) 73/78, one of the key guidelines of the global maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Unveiling the trucks at the Tin Can Island Port Complex recently, Apapa, Lagos, the Managing Director of NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman commended the management of African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) for the strides it has made since it signed the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement with the Federal Government.

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Usman, who was represented at the occasion by NPA General Manager, Security, Mr Nasir Anas Mohammed, stated that the additional modern trucks will go a long way in enhancing its operations in the months ahead.

The NPA helmsman who took time to test drive one of the trucks said the move will help Nigeria to meet the requirements of the IMO as regards the evacuation of waste generated by ships in Nigeria territorial waters.

The Acting Co-ordinating Officer, ACPML, Mr Ahmadu Fidi Ahmadu, in his remarks said the firm procured the trucks in order to meet the increase in the demands for its services over the years.

He disclosed that while eight of the trucks will be used in the ports situated in Nigeria commercial nerve centre, Lagos, the other eight would be utilise in Onne Port Complex, Onne, Rivers State.

In her remarks, the District Manager, ACPML, Mrs Latifat Ibrahim stated that the firm has the support of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the NPA in the discharge of its mandate.