|Tin Can Island Port|
|Location||Apapa, Lagos, Lagos State|
|Opened||1977 (founded), 2006 (merged)|
|Operated by|| Nigeria Port Authority |
Port and Terminal Multiservices Limited
Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) is located in Apapa, the port for the city of Lagos. Tin Can Island Port is seven kilometers due west of the center of Lagos across Lagos Harbor.
Tin Can Island Port was begun in 1976 and opened in 1977. In 1991, the Nigerian Ports Authority became responsible for operating the port. The Roro Terminal was designated as part of the new Tin Can Island Port in 1977.[ when? ] Tin Can Island merged with Roro port in 2006 when private terminal operators, Port and Terminal Multiservices Ltd. (PTML) took over the terminals. Since then, PTML has made efforts to redevelop the terminals.
Tin Can Island Port is the second busiest Port in Nigeria after Apapa Port.
The storage capacity of the silos is 28,000 metric tonnes of grain which is transported by Fleetwood Transportation. The terminal handles wheat, maize and malt and can take delivery of about 4000 metric tonnes of grain daily. The port facilities can handle ships of about 30,000 tonnes. There is also a grain bagging facility on-site.
The port covers 79 hectares of land on Tin Can Island and provides bunkering and ship repair services for vessels with a maximum weight of 35,000 DWT. Fresh water is available at all berths through underground wells drilled to a water depth of 250 metres. In 2006, the Tin Can Island Port Complex was created by merging the former RORO Port and Tin Can Island Port. Its capacity was further increased with the opening of the new container terminal.
Tin Can Island Port handles various types of cargo including liquid bulk, dry cargo, containerised cargo, RORO and breakbulk at its 12 berths with a length of 1,358 metres and a longitudinal depth of 7 to 11 metres, which can accommodate vessels with a maximum length of 260 metres.The Kiri Kiri Lighter Terminal has 2 berths with a length of 700 metres and a water depth of 4.5 metres. It also offers 24-hour pilotage services and a fast turnaround time for vessels. The security of the port is ensured by regular patrols by the Marine Police and the Nigerian Navy at the anchorages, oil jetties and buoys.
The main storage terminal has one of the largest grain silos with a capacity of 28,000 tonnes. The grain terminal handles wheat, corn, malt and barley and transports 4,000 tonnes of grain daily. It can accommodate ships weighing around 30,000 tonnes and has a facility for packing grain. The terminal, which employs around 700 people, has undergone significant infrastructural development. It is also directly connected to major highways and industrial centres.
The terminal covers 60 hectares, including a 25-hectare container yard. The total length of the berths is 770 metres with a longitudinal depth of 13 metres.The annual storage capacity is around 20,000 TEU and the terminal has been designed to handle 650,000 TEU annually. Fully functional port equipment facilitates port operations. The Tin Can Container Terminal has 8 mobile cranes, 15 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, 14 reach stackers, 6 empties handlers, 4 forklifts and 45-yard trailers. The terminal has 250 reefer connections and also offers container stowage and de-stowage services.
Nigeria’s transport network has expanded in recent years to accommodate a growing population. The transport and storage sector was valued at N2.6trn ($6.9bn) in current basic prices in 2020, down from N3trn ($8bn) in 2019, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This was reflected in a lower contribution to GDP, at 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020, down from 2.1% during the same period the previous year but higher than the 0.8% recorded in the third quarter of 2020. One of the most significant challenges facing the sector is meeting the needs of both large coastal cities and rural inland communities in order to fully unlock the country’s economic potential. This is especially the case with mining and agriculture, both of which are expected to benefit from two large-scale projects: the Lekki Port in Lagos and the Kano-Maradi rail line in the north of the country.
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