NPA E-Call-up system:
SIFAX Group sets for total compliance on provision of holding bays
(Report by Udeme Clement):
In line with the new policy of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Electronic Call-up system for trucks, which commenced on February 27, 2021, SIFAX Group is ready for total compliance with the directives on provision of holding bays.
Our Correspondent gathered that SIFAX Group is already putting measures in place to provide holding bays for empty containers, in order to ensure free flow of traffic on ports access roads.
This formed part of the press statements confirmed by the Executive Director, SIFAX Off- Dock, Captain Ibraheem Olugbade.
He words :
“In order to mitigate the effect of road construction on SIFAX Mid-Maritime, we begun dredging the waterside of the terminal and erecting exit security gate in preparation for berthing of barges at the terminal.
“In addition, the Off-Docks at Okota, Lagos are also receiving boxes at the terminals through transfer by barges.
“Parts of the terminal floor have been renovated and strengthened to cope with more volumes.
” There have been several market drives with many shipping lines to take advantage of the new initiative and proximity to the major express road: and also use as holding bays for their empties in line with NPA call-up system regime.
“SBT Trinity terminal is temporarily closed due to the on-going road construction along the Mile 2-Apapa expressway, which we expect to be fully operational on completion of the road in the next couple of weeks”
In the interim, Olugbade said the consignments stemmed for Trinity terminal are transferred to Ijora Container and Okota bonded terminals for seamless and efficient cargo clearing process.
He also said that necessary facilities have been provided at the two terminals to cope with expected surge in business.