APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria’s largest container terminal operator, said it has introduced onsite laundry services for the protective clothing of its employees.
Steen Knudsen, terminal manager of APM Terminals Apapa, said the onsite laundry service is part of the terminal operator’s effort to continuously reinforce two of its core values – Constant Care and Our Employees – and further improve employee experience at the port.
“With this initiative, we aim to support our colleagues in taking good care of their protective clothing without any burden to them. This will save our employees valuable time and energy. Our teams in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and Procurement have put in great efforts to ensure the laundry service will follow washing guide from the manufacturers to preserve the integrity of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs),” Knudsen said.
Continuing, he said: “Our terminal leadership team will continue to develop initiatives that will make it easier for employees to do their work. In the past year, we have been investing heavily in improving our assets and facilities, and this journey continues. We will also continue to make deliberate investments in the training and development of our people, as the goal is to have an organisation that can truly deliver services of international standards to our stakeholders.”
On his part, Kingsley Udebor, the Employee Relations Specialist of APM Terminals Apapa, said the introduction of onsite laundry service by the company is driven by the Terminal Leadership Team, which is willing to provide additional value to employees by ensuring that “operations personnel are always comfortably clad in clean PPEs, stress-free”.
“We hope that this unique initiative will further enhance employee experience in the terminal,” Udebor said.
APM Terminals Apapa is the largest container terminal in Nigeria. With an investment of over $438 million in equipment, facilities, and other elements of its operations over the last 15 years, the management of the terminal has continued to introduce new innovations to help both shipping lines and landside customers achieve improved supply chain efficiency and flexibility in a cost-effective manner.