The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) says the Ground Support Equipment recently built from scratch by its Engineering and Maintenance workshop to fuel Aviation Ground Support equipment in Lagos, has saved the company, cost of sourcing for foreign currency to purchase imported equipment.
The company’s spokesperson, Vanessa Uansohia who disclosed this, says before now, the Fuel Bowser amongst other Ground Support Equipment has been purchased from aviation companies manufacturing ground handling Ground Support Equipment in Europe and other western countries.
“This production has helped to overcome the problem of waiting incessantly for Ground Support Equipment to be shipped to the shores of Nigeria and also waiting for clearance by the authorities at the port before being brought to the workshop for use,” she says.
Uansohia says the fuel bowser is the first in the history of aviation of ground handling in Nigeria to be created from scratch from locally sourced materials and that the idea to create the equipment was conceived by the engineering team of SAHCOL to align with the Nigerian maxim of Use Nigeria, Buy Nigeria.
“The production of the equipment is aimed at leading to higher efficiency of safe and fast service delivery which is what SAHCOL stands for. The 3,000 liter capacity equipment can be operated both manually and with battery. The equipment which is towable has all the features of an imported Fuel Bowser with modifications to fit the Nigerian terrain. The Bowser is designed to be both rugged and comfortable for use by the handlers to dispense rapid fueling in a safe and spillage free manner,” adds Uansohia.