The Grimaldi Group announced the opening of its new roll-on/roll-off/container terminal in Lagos, Nigeria.
The 42-acre facility, on Tin Can Island, was built by Ports and Terminals Multiservices Ltd., a Grimaldi subsidiary, under a build-operate-transfer initiative of the Nigerian government. Grimaldi has a 25-year concession to operate the terminal, which is a major port of call for its services from Europe, South America and the United States .
This dedicated multi-purpose facility is the first phase of a $60-million project, with separate areas dedicated to containers, vehicles, high and heavy equipment and project cargo. The terminal has an 820-foot quay, 36-foot draft and 188-acre terminal area, equipped with new handling machinery. The hub also includes a 38,000-square-foot warehouse for general cargo, and more than 16,000-square feet of office space.
A second phase of the project will add a 565-foot berth, 7.4 acres of container-stacking capacity, and an additional 16,000-square feet of office space. This phase will be completed in January, 2007.
Grimaldi currently operates 21 modern, multipurpose ro/ro-container vessels in African trades.