Lekki Deep Sea Port has concluded plans to construct a trucks park close to the port gate ahead of the commencement of commercial port operations.
According to the statement from the company, the shareholders of Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited, including promoters of Lekki Deep Seaport approved the construction after the management took unanimous decision at their Extraordinary General Meeting recently.
Speaking on the approval, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Du Ruogang described the truck park as necessity for the efficient and effective operations of the container terminal.
According to him, the park will have an initial 153 truck parking slots, together with a security booth, offices and a waiting area.
‘’To ensure optimal proximity, the truck park will be located at the north boundary of Lekki Port, to prevent unnecessary queues at the port’s gate when commercial operations begin next year,’’ the statement said.
On his part, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Laurence Smith said, ‘’the construction of the truck park would go a long way to reduce the chaotic traffic associated with existing ports and avoid indiscriminate parking of trucks on the access road to the port. To support the truck park, Lekki Freeport Terminal will operate a vehicle booking system, which is widely used at all the major container terminals globally.’’
According to him, ‘’this will ensure that trucks are called via a booking system and will prevent ad-hoc alleys that will congest the local road system.”
“Once the truck park is constructed, one can rest assured that the challenges associated with loss of person-hours in traffic congestion and delays in port operations will be minimized. We are doing everything possible to ensure that there is ease in cargo movement out of Lekki Port.
‘’The objective is to ensure that gridlock does not become associated with Lekki Port within the Lekki axis”, he added.
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