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Nigeria back on the rails again

[ August 30, 2013   //   ]

Restoration of rail service to the port of Apapa in Lagos, Nigeria after a 16-year hiatus was marked by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the despatch of 20 containers from APM Terminals’ facility on 23 August. The ribbon was cut by Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) board chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje.

APM Terminals Apapa completed a new rail line linking the terminal to the national rail system at a cost of N87.8 million ($541,000 USD) three years ago as part of a US$200 million investment programme. The NRC has recently added four new 1,800 horsepower locomotives to its fleet which will operate the service three times per week, carrying 20-40 containers at a time to inland container depots at Kaduna 730 km (455 miles) and Kano, 960 km (600 miles) from the port.

APM Terminals Apapa - locomotive on terminal

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