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APM Terminals Apapa opens new command centre to improve visibility

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APM Terminals Apapa has opened a new operations command centre designed to improve operational visibility and efficiency.

The terminal operator said the new operations centre will be fitted with 20 unites of 55-inch TV wall screens and receive real-time visual updates of quay moved, deliveries, truck movements in and out of the port gate and terminal gate.

Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Klaus Laursen, said, “The centre would among other benefits strengthen exchange of information and coordination among staff in the movement of containers out of the port.”

Laursen described the new centre as the brain of the business and said it will manage the day-to-day execution where information is exchanged.

“This is where we decide which box to put where, at which time and the equipment to pick it up so that everything works together,” Laursen said.

“It will also help you to know where a container is and allocate a piece of equipment to lift the container. That is what the centre set up will help do.  

“It gives virtually a better opportunity to collaborate and will help in information sharing among staff.

“It will also provide space for social distancing because of COVID-19 pandemic and there will be every opportunity for communication.”

Laursen also said the terminal is targeting 700 deliveries a day, a figure it would like to double in the future. To do so Nigeria will need stronger delivery capabilities so importers and exporters can get faster access to cargo at cheaper rates.

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