Mammoet’s MTC 15 Operational at LADOL in Nigeria
Mammoet Terminal Crane (MTC 15) is now in operation at Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base, LADOL; Free Zone poised to offer novel solutions to ports’ challenges in Nigeria and West Africa region.
Earlier in January 2020, LADOL and Mammoet signed a strategic partnership, aimed at expanding LADOL’s capacity for project cargo handling and logistics for industrial sectors in West Africa. It enables LADOL to utilise Mammoet’s crane fleet, project cargo handling and heavy lifting expertise along with project management services to provide clients with more comprehensive and cost-effective solutions.
With a load moment matching a 1,200t crawler crane or a large floating sheerleg, the crane enables loads up to 600t to be lifted to and from the quay from non-geared cargo vessels. This lifting capacity is ideal for loading and offloading heavy items such as columns, vessels, reels, engines and many other project cargoes.
The crane was installed at the LADOL quayside in May 2020 and is the biggest installed shore crane of its kind in the region. To support LADOL’s quayside operations, Mammoet mobilized a 250t crawler crane in addition to the MTC 15.
LADOL’s Executive Director Business Development, Mr. Jide Jadesimi said “The establishment of a long-term relationship between Mammoet and LADOL is an extremely exciting and significant development in terms of massively increasing local capacity. Thereby attracting to Nigeria the general fabrication and complex construction jobs that are in increasing demand – not just in Nigeria but across the sub-region.”
Commenting on the installation process, LADOL’s Logistic Operations Manager, Mark Watson described the process as a combination of teamwork and dedication from the LADOL and Mammoet teams.
“Working together with Mammoet was an ideal opportunity for the transfer of knowledge and skills to the young LADOL team led by Wissam Habach. This was a rewarding result and a wonderful achievement.”
Commenting on the partnership, Michel Bunnik, Commercial Director of Mammoet Middle East and Africa: “Thanks to the combination of Mammoet’s MTC crane and LADOL’s excellent infrastructure, such as its 200m quay with 8.5m draft, warehousing, fabrication and assembly yards, the base can now be considered as a fully independent heavy lifting terminal. It can support the largest industrial projects in the world, solving cargo handling and logistics pains of project owners, EPCs and freight forwarders, as they can get heavier loads in and out of Lagos more efficiently than they could before.”
“The MTC-15 crane is ideal for loading and offloading heavy breakbulk cargo, without having to reinforce the quay and making it possible to bypass other Apapa quays and transport any cargo and materials directly to sites. This saves a considerable amount of time and resources.” Michel added.
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