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SIWES AT APM TERMINALS APAPA LIMITED – This report covers details of my 400 level industrial training experience in APM Terminals Apapa Limited as part of the Student Industrial Training Experience Scheme (SIWES) program designed for students of Nigerian tertiary institutions.

The report includes a background of SIWES, APM Terminals Apapa and its activities and salient experiences gathered by the trainee while with the Health, Safety and Environment department of the company.



APM Terminals Apapa Limited is a container terminal and a branch of Moller-Maersk Sea line Group. It is located inside National Ports Authorities NPA at Wharf road Apapa, Lagos State. In 2004, Federal Government of Nigeria embarked upon a Port Reform and Modernization Strategy in order to increase port efficiency and reduce cost to users and the Federal Government.

As part of this strategy, the Federal Government decided to transfer the management and operation of the major port terminals including the container terminal at Apapa Port from the Nigerian Ports Authority to the private sector through a series of operating leases.

On 23rd September 2004, the Bureau of Public Enterprises as Secretariat of the National Council of Privatization which is the government agency responsible for the privatization and commercialization of the government owned assets, invited bids for fully priced technical and financial proposals for the lease from NPA of the container terminal forming part of Apapa Port (the “Port”).

On the 10th of March 2005, as a result of such competitive bid process, the right to lease the container terminal at the Port from the lessor was awarded by BPE to A.P Moller Finance S.A (“APMF”), a Swiss-based investment vehicle wholly owned by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.

APMF formed APMT Apapa on 26th August, 2005 (RC 632673), being a company registered in Nigeria as a special purpose vehicle, to enter into the Lease Agreement with NPA and BPE for the operation and development of the container terminal at Apapa Port. APM Terminals Apapa is a part of the APMT Terminals network of 63 terminals and ports around the world. It is West Africa’s busiest Container Terminal, handling 625,000 TEUs annually. APMT Apapa has four berths and she is fully ISPS compliant.