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WACT prepares for increased cargo volumes at Onne port

The West Africa Container Terminal has announced that it will commence the second phase of its seaport terminal upgrade in the next 18 months.

It says this is in anticipation of increased cargo volumes as the number of vessels calling at the port keeps increasing.

According to the Commercial Manager of WACT, Noah Sheriff, the Phase 2 upgrade will consist of the acquisition of three additional mobile harbour cranes, to bring the number of MHCs at the terminal to five.

As part of the upgrade, WACT intends to also acquire 20 rubber tyre gantry cranes; three reach stackers; 13 terminal trucks and trailers and an empty container handler.

He said the upgrade would also include deployment of reefer racks with 600 plugs capacity, as well as expansion and paving of the current terminal yard by 13 hectares, new workshop and new terminal gate complex.

“We anticipate additional volume growth as more and more shipping lines, importers and exporters are developing confidence in our ability to handle their cargo. This further investment is to ensure that we are well prepared to handle this additional business in the future,” he said.