Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited (PCHSL), the concessionaire in charge of Terminal C of the Tin-Can Island Port has added a new client to its list following the maiden call at its terminal by Hapag Lloyd AG Limited, German shipping firm.
Hapag Lloyd, the world’s fifth largest container carrier in terms of capacity, recently made its maiden call at the terminal with one of its largest vessel, Navious Azure, a container ship built in 2007 with gross tonnage of 39,906 tons and length overall of 260.5 meters.
While welcoming the vessel’s crew, John Jenkins, managing director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, described the development as a testimony of the terminal’s readiness to provide cutting-edge port terminal services to more clients.
“We are excited to have this ship berth at our terminal today. We are delighted that Hapag Lloyd, which is one the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet owners, prefers our terminal for their operations, and going forward, the shipping line will call frequently at this terminal,” he said.
According to him, the new business relationship with Hapag Lloyd is one of the several partnerships PCHSL has been working on in the past few months.
“This new wave of patronage is as a result of the massive investment we have made both in modern equipment, quality personnel and improved processes over the years. All these have translated in better service delivery, which is what an average client wants,” he added.
In his response, John Trafiero, captain of the ship, who was overwhelmed by the hospitality and excellent service provided by the company, expressed joy at berthing at one of Africa’s prime ports.
“We have received a resounding welcome here today and it would stick in our memories wherever we sail to. Though, we are sailing back very soon, my crew and I cannot wait to be back here again,” he said.