Press releases

  • New investment, volume growth commitment signed for APM Terminals Gothenburg,

    Gothenburg, Sweden - APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an addendum to the original concession agreement with the Port of Gothenburg to invest an additional SEK 250 million (€25 million) through 2024 in Sweden’s largest port. The new investment will focus upon increasing operational productivity for vessels, improving gate access for trucks and enhanced rail services. The addendum also includes an ambitious volume growth target.

    “APM Terminals  is proud to partner with the Port of Gothenburg to stimulate Sweden's economic growth and increase the country’s global trade access” said Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals Gothenburg’s Managing Director.

    In October of 2011, APM Terminals was named the winner of the Skandia Container Terminal concession, and started operations in January of 2012 with plans to invest SEK 780 million (€81 million) in infrastructure and equipment  upgrades through 2017. New equipment investments have included two 23-container wide reach super post-panamax STS cranes, two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs), lengthened and additional rail lines, 12 new diesel-electric straddle carriers and other extensive terminal improvements including a new terminal operating system (TOS) and safety upgrades.

    Through improved operational efficiency created by these investments, the terminal’s annual rail volume capacity was increased by 50% using two new specialized rail cranes and the completion of an expansion project which added a sixth access track to accommodate three full trains of 750 meters length simultaneously.

    Tom Boyd
    APM Terminals
    Head of External Communications
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31–70–304–2181

    March 09 2017 Read more
  • Latin America’s most technologically advanced container terminal now open for business , APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s largest semi-automated terminal, welcomes its first vessel, the Maersk Salalah.

    Lazaro Cardenas - APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas received its first official vessel call today with the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah on the AC2 Transpacific service from Asia.

    “Today is a milestone as we add an additional operational terminal to our portfolio. A priority for us is to transition terminals under implementation into operation, and make them as efficient as possible to support our customers.” said Morten H. Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals. “We have a significant portfolio across Latin America, and this will be our second terminal in Mexico after Yucatan. We are pleased to be a contributor in helping Mexico to reach its growth ambitions.”

    APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas is state-of-the-art with semi-automated processes that are geared toward delivering higher productivity and availability for clients as well as contributing to Mexican trade growth by offering a new gateway for commerce between the second-largest economy in Latin America and the rest of the world.

    “Mexico is a core part of our strategy of investing in growth markets and building stateof-the-art facilities to run more efficiently the supply chain from the heart of Mexico to Asia and the rest of the Americas,” says Jose Rueda, Managing Director for APM Terminals in Mexico. “The technology in this terminal will bring increased predictability and efficiency to our shipping line customers, whilst ensuring the highest levels of safety for our employees and supply chain partners.” he adds.

    “In addition to servicing ships, the new terminal in Lazaro Cardenas will enable us to further contribute to the nation’s growth story and long-term competitiveness by offering efficient, safe and reliable terminal services to producers and manufacturers. With the capacity to receive the world’s biggest ships and provide additional connectivity inland via our terminal at Cuautitlan Izcalli, in the industrial zone of Mexico City which is surrounded by over 200 onward distribution centers, we are in a unique position to facilitate trade for the country,” says Rueda.

    With the first phase of the terminal complete, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas occupies an area of 49 hectares, with a quay of 750 meters in length for ships and a depth of 16.5m, deep enough to receive some of the world’s largest ships. The terminal is connected to five rail tracks and offers gate services for land-side customers.

    By the final phase of the terminal buildout, which is scheduled to happen between 2027 and 2030, the terminal’s water depth will increase to 18m. By then, the terminal will have a quay 1.5 km long in a total area of 102 hectares and a capacity of 4.1 million TEUs, operated by 15 STS cranes and 10 rail tracks, providing intermodal access. By the final phase, the total investment cost will come to US$900 million.

    Mexico handles Latin America’s third largest container volume, behind only Brazil and Panama.

    Tom Boyd
    APM Terminals Director, External Communications
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31–70–304–2181
    February 27 2017 Read more
  • Sponsors of the Tema Port expansion project pay visit to project site and President Akuffo-Addo, Accra, Ghana - Executives from APM Terminals and Bolloré Transport & Logistics, the sponsors of the Tema Port expansion project, have toured the existing Meridian Port Services Terminal (MPS) inside Tema Port and the adjacent port expansion project site.

    Reviewing the operations of the MPS Container Terminal, the executive delegation toured the existing facilities where they commended the management of MPS for the excellent operational performance and were impressed about Tema Port’s steady volume growth and the throughput volume handled for the month despite February being a shorter month.

    The executive delegation subsequently assured the CEO and management team of MPS of their respective shareholders continued support in investing in both human resources and technology to boost the terminal’s operational levels, which already ranks among the highest in Africa.

    On the tour of the port expansion works, the team expressed satisfaction with the progress of work thus far. The construction of the 3.85 km quay has gone 700 meters deep into the sea with 3 vessels operating on drilling, blasting and dredging to expedite work to meet the deadline. The expansion works which began in October 2016, is expected to be completed and opened up for operations by the 4th Quarter of 2019.

    Courtesy Call on the President
    In a related development, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo on Thursday February 23, 2017 at the Flagstaff House where they congratulated him on his ascension to the highest Office of the land and lauded him for his resolve to lead the country into a ‘new era of business development’.

    The global Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals, Morten Engelstoft on his part observed that, motivated by the President’s vision, they were ready to partner to put Ghana in the right light on the world stage. “This project will make Ghana an economic giant and enhance its positon as the maritime hub in the sub-region; a world class terminal plays an important role in Ghana reaching its growth ambitions” he said.

    “I am proud to join hands with my partners APM Terminals and the Ghana Ports and Harbor Authority as we move along this promising path. Together, we are building one of the largest deep-water ports in West Africa” said Mr. Cyrille Bolloré, Chairman of Bolloré Transport & Logistics. He stated that he was pleased by the vision and determination of the President to make Ghana an industrialized nation and to increase the wealth and prosperity of all Ghanaians.

    Briefing the gathering on the advancement of the expansion, the Chief Executive Officer of MPS, the executing contractors of the project, Mohamed Samara said the port expansion project is part of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) Master Plan for the development of the Tema Port under the concession agreement that was granted in 2004.

    In addition to the Port expansion project, he said, a Concession (Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Transfer) to upgrade the Accra-Tema Motorway into a modern, six-lane highway with improved arterial roads is being discussed with the Ministry of Roads and Highways. That project, he added, the MPS Shareholders will solely raise and sponsor the project finance.

    The President on his part reaffirmed his stance on providing an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive so as to achieve a quantum leap in economic growth and development. He was therefore pleased that companies such as Bolloré Transport and Logistics, APM Terminals had considered Ghana as a place to do business. He also expressed his full support for the project.

    “If we can convince more and more companies like yours to invest in our country, then we can thrive as a nation. Be assured that the presence of a new government does not mean the abrogation of genuine contracts entered into by the previous government. You have my support to proceed” His Excellency added.

    The expansion of the Tema Port will see the addition of four new deep water berths, breakwater and access channel to be able to accommodate larger vessels with high capacity equipment and an accompanying container handling yard.

    Tom Boyd
    APM Terminals
    Director, External Communications
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31–70–304–2181

    About MPS:
    MPS is a joint venture of GPHA, APM Terminals and Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
    MPS has contributed to GPHA’s Masterplan with the Container Terminal inside Tema Port
    and now the Tema Port Expansion Project.

    Meridian Port Services Limited
    P. O. Box TT240,
    Tema New Town
    Tel: +233 30 708 5000
    February 27 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals increases Port Elizabeth investment plans to USD $200 million in preparation for ultra large container ships, Alongside infrastructure improvement projects announced by the Port Authority NY/NJ, this investment will further enable global trade at the largest container terminal on the east coast of the United States.

    Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA – APM Terminals, in close dialogue with the bi-state shipping community, including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, shipping companies, importers and exporters, intermodal rail providers, trucking companies and the International Longshoreman’s Association, has significantly increased its previously announced USD $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of USD $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These vessels are expected to start calling the port right after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year. The heightening of the Bayonne Bridge, combined with the widened Panama Canal allows these ULCS liner services to call and be operated efficiently at the advanced APM Terminals facility.

    Further investments include an expanded gate complex designed to improve the trucker experience through a safer and faster cargo flow, upgrades to container handling equipment to make them safer, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly - and other operational improvements pursued in anticipation of future, regular ULCS vessel calls. APM Terminals is being very selective and disciplined about the projects for which to invest; these projects complement already committed investments being made at the berth to ensure the most value is harnessed from this strategic location over the long term.

    “We are connecting people, lifting global trade and addressing liner trends to make the port even better for the future. Our goal is to make APM Terminals Port Elizabeth safer, easier to use and faster for our trucker community, more productive for our shipping line clients and more reliable for our clients’ supply chains expectations. These operational and infrastructure improvements are designed to keep APM Terminals Port Elizabeth at the forefront of the New York/New Jersey harbor by being the container terminal of choice to work with by our many clients and partners. These terminal enhancements would not be possible without the essential work the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has done to deepen the harbor and heighten the Bayonne Bridge to ensure future success and growth of the port,” stated the President of APM Terminals North America, Wim Lagaay.

    The Bayonne Bridge, linking New Jersey with Staten Island, and originally completed in 1932, will be raised to a height of 215 feet (65.5 meters) from its original 151 foot (46 meter) vessel passage clearance when the project is completed later this year, allowing the latest generation of container vessels to enter Newark Bay without air draft issues. APM Terminals’ Port Elizabeth facility is one of the largest container terminals in the port complex, handling over 2,100 trucks a day, 4000 terminal gate transactions and more than 500 vessel calls per year. The current capacity of 1.5 million TEU will be expanded to 2.3 million TEU, with berth expansion to accommodate three simultaneous ULCS vessel calls. The expansion and upgrades will be performed with no disruptions in service at the terminal through a dedicated onsite APM Terminals project team.

    The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port complex on the US East Coast, with 6.25 million TEUs handled in 2016.

    * TEU is a container traffic term and is measured in Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units, “TEUs”, reflecting the standard sizes of the shipping containers: 8’6” high, 8’ wide and either 20’ or 40’ feet in length. A standard 40’ shipping container commonly seen loaded onto a chassis and being pulled by a tractor-trailer on the highway would thus represent two TEUs, with the largest container ships now able to carry as many as 20,000 TEUs, equal to 10,000 truck-sized containers.

    Media contact   Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
                                APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
                                +31 70 304 2181
    February 22 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Mumbai Pursuing ‘Direct Port Deliveries (DPD)’ Service for import Customers, Service users triple at India’s busiest container terminal

    Mumbai, India - APM Terminals Mumbai, India’s busiest container terminal, has embraced ‘Direct Port Delivery’ service initiated by the Indian government as part of its “Ease of Doing Business Program” to enhance India’s access to the global logistics chain. The streamlined Direct Port Delivery protocol can result in substantial savings of time and money for importers by reducing container dwell times after vessel discharge.

    In the past, import containers were sent to Container Freight Stations (CFS) 1-1.5 days after arriving by vessel. Next, depending on the completion of import procedures and clearances with shipping lines, custom house agents, Customs, consignees and CFS operators, the cargo was then delivered to the end user after an average dwell time of 9- 10 days. With DPD, importers can bypass these through a streamlined procedure, allowing import containers to be delivered to the end user directly from the port with an average dwell time of only 1.5 days.

    APM Terminals Mumbai currently handles the highest Direct Port Delivery volumes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, (JNP) India’s largest container port, and among the Top 30 worldwide with a 2015 throughput of 4.48 million TEUs. In the first two quarters of FY 2016-17, the number of Indian importers utilising the pro-active, customer-centered service at APM Terminals Mumbai tripled, with half of these being small and medium enterprises with less than 100 TEUs per month.

    “We are committed to support ‘ease of doing business’ initiative the Government of India has championed. We were among the first terminal operators in India to offer Direct Port Delivery service in 2006 and since then have continued to support the reforms and initiatives of the Indian Ministry of Shipping and JNP, as well as the Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House,” stated APM Terminals Mumbai CEO Kamal Jain.

    “We have introduced several trade-friendly services ourselves as well to improve ease of doing business. This includes initiatives such as Paperless Transaction, delivery of import cargo within six hours of vessel discharge, RFID tracking, Inter-terminal transfer through virtual gates, integrated rail sidings and improved gate turnaround times. We are working closely with customers to introduce other new services as well,” added APM Terminals Mumbai COO, Ravi Gaitonde.

    To enable greater efficiencies in the overall transportation and logistics supply chain, the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs, merged the ‘Accredited Client Program’ with the recently introduced ‘Authorized Economic Operator’ program. This resulted into extension of the DPD service to small and medium scale importers, who account for a significant portion of India’s world-leading GDP growth of 7.6% in 2016.

    Containerized trade has expanded at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 10% percent over the past ten years in India, and is projected to continue growing at a similar pace as India undertakes infrastructure expansion projects. Jawaharlal Nehru Port, serving Mumbai, is India’s busiest container port, accounting for 44% of all India’s containerized cargo traffic of 10 million TEUs in 2015. APM Terminals Mumbai’s 2015 container throughput was 1.9 million TEUs.

    About APM Terminals Mumbai
    APM Terminals Mumbai, is part of the APM Terminals global terminal network, and is a joint venture between APM Terminals and the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), operating from Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) and represents India’s largest container terminal.

    Media contact
    Avinash Kachroo, Assistant General Manager – Business Strategy
    APM Terminals Mumbai
    Mumbai, India

    +91 22 6681 1278

    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands

    +31 70 304 2181
    January 05 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals partners with AIP Foundation to promote road safety in Vietnam, APM Terminals sponsored research to be used to educate road users and pedestrians in the community around Cai Mep International Terminal

    1,000 safety helmets donated to local children
    15 December, 2016 – Tan Thanh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam - 
    APM Terminals together with AIP Foundation, a road safety nonprofit, is rolling out a new training program in Vietnam to help make the port community of Cai Mep in southern Vietnam safe. More than 45 truck drivers and other CMIT employees, along with executives from the APM Terminals’ operated Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), joined 500 students, teachers, and parents at Tran Quoc Toan Primary School, which neighbors the port, to address road safety issues in their community. The truck drivers work for CMIT, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based port operator APM Terminals. The event is the inaugural activity for Lifting Safety, a proactive road safety program developed by AIP Foundation and APM Terminals. It will provide nearly 1,000 helmets and road safety education classes to children at Tran Quoc Toan and Toc Tien primary schools.

    A study commissioned by APM Terminals and conducted by AIP Foundation in October 2016 found that even though most students in the region commuted to school by motorcycle, only 35% of students at Tran Quoc Toan Primary School and 19% of students at Toc Tien Primary School wore helmets, despite road dangers such as mixed vehicle use roads and lack of separate motorcycle lanes. 

    The Lifting Safety program aims to identify and mitigate road safety risks in the community near the APM Terminals-operated port through a combination of targeted education, awareness, and community engagement programs. Both the national- and provincial-level traffic safety committees have worked closely with APM Terminals and AIP Foundation in developing and implementing the program. 

    “We wanted to use our expertise and connect with the people of the community to share our safety learnings and make their lives safer. Our research data revealed just how hazardous the local roads in the community are. Partnering with AIP Foundation and local government authorities enabled us to reach a broader audience,” stated Kevin Furniss, Vice President of APM Terminals Health, Safety and Environment. “We are enthusiastic about the prospect of implementing this evidence-based program to other port locations to help us build meaningful safety relationships with the communities we operate in. AIP Foundation is clearly a specialist in road safety in Asia and our longstanding partnership dates back to 2008.”

    “We appreciate APM Terminals’ being the catalyst for the Lifting Safety program to care for our people and are encouraged by the actions and behavior changes this program will prompt,” Mr.Vu Quy Phi, Deputy Director of the Traffic Police Department and Deputy Chief Secretariat of National Traffic Safety Committee, said.  "Proactive participation from the local government and authorities in Tan Thanh District is the prerequisite for the initiative’s success. We also hope to expand this model beyond this partnership by replicating it at other ports in the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.”

    “We are already impressed by APM Terminals’ commitment to safety and in-depth industry expertise,” Mirjam Sidik, CEO of AIP Foundation, said. “As Lifting Safety progresses, we hope to continue to bring communities together by fostering dialogues between public- and private-sector stakeholders.”

    “Acting as a road safety ambassador gives me the opportunity to share my experiences with some of the youngest and most vulnerable road users in the communities I work in,” Le Quang Thien, a truck driver, said. “I also hope this will help me better understand how the students and teachers at these schools feel on the roads.”

    Over the next year, Lifting Safety will implement truck driver trainings, a mass media awareness campaign, and community-based activities in and around the CMIT port in Vietnam.

    About AIP Foundation
    AIP Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low- and middle-income countries. Since 1999, AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programs in locations across Asia and Africa. To find out more, visit or connect with us on Twitter @AIPFoundation.

    About APM Terminals
    APM Terminals is a leading global port operator with a presence in 69 countries with 72 container terminals and 140 inland services facilities providing the world’s most geographically balanced global terminal network. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, APM Terminals works with shipping lines, importers/exporters, governments, business leaders and the entire global supply chain to provide solutions that help nations achieve their ambitions and businesses reach their performance goals. Visit to find out more. 

    Media contacts:
    Frances Massing, AIP Foundation Communications Manager
    18bis/19 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   
    Tel: 08-6299-1409 Ext. 117

    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    December 15 2016 Read more