Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) has commenced utilisation of Mammoet Terminal Crane (MTC 15) which enables the company to expand its capacity for project cargo handling and logistics for industrial sectors in West Africa.
Earlier in January 2020, LADOL and Mammoet signed a strategic partnership.
The partnership is aimed at enabling LADOL to utilize 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.
True to the partnership agreement, Mammoet supplied LADOL with the heavy lift terminal crane – MTC 15, which has turned LADOL’s quayside into a heavy lift terminal.
With a load moment matching a 1,200 ton crawler crane or a large floating sheerleg, the crane enables loads up to 600 tons 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 has been 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 has earlier in the year already mobilized a 250-ton 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 general fabrication and complex construction projects, which are increasing in frequency across the Sub Region, to Nigeria.”
The Executive Director also described the process as a combination of teamwork, and dedication from LADOL and Mammoet staff.
“It was with great excitement that the Mammoet Terminal Crane (MTC 15) arrived at Ladol in sections as a Meccano. LADOL and Mammoet personnel worked together and assembled the Crane at the quayside.”
“This was no simple task and required precision when each component was connected and assembled. However, in no time at all and with the assistance of cranes, forklifts and a team of dedicated personnel the MTC 15 was assembled.”
“LADOL’s business is driven by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and this partnership with Mammoet is in line with this dedication – bringing more partnerships, jobs and education and prosperity to Nigeria by taking Nigeria one step closer to being the Industrial Hub for Africa.“
Commenting on the partnership, Michel Bunnik, Commercial Director of Mammoet Middle East and Africa said, “Combination of Mammoet’s MTC crane and LADOL’s excellent infrastructure, such as 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 challenges of project owners, EPCs and freight forwarders, as they can get heavier things 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, making it possible to bypass other Apapa quays and transport the cargo and materials directly to sites; this saving a considerable amount of time and resources.” Michel added.