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  • APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions ,

    Inauguration of South India’s first cold storage facility integrated with a container freight station, will ensure reliable transport of temperature controlled cargo 

    APM Terminals inaugurated its first state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse in India, which will ensure reliable and stable transport of refrigerated cargo, including goods such as fish, fruits, medicines, and specialty chemicals, which require strict temperature contol throughout the supply chain. Customers will benefit from plug-in facilities for cold warehousing, customs examination and clearance service under controlled temperature, value-added services like palletization and packaging, on-wheel customs seal verification, and bonded cargo movement to different seaports and airports. These services are available for both domestic and international import/export customers. 

    APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions in Chennai India

    Caption: See below. Right click to download hi-res image.

    Spread over 10,000 sq. meters, the cold chain solutions facility is the first of its kind in South India which is integrated with APM Terminals’ container freight station. The facility will offer customs clearance facilitation and proximity to the ports of Chennai, Ennore, Kattupalli and Krishnapattnam with round the clock accessibility. An additional cold chain solutions facility for domestic use has been built nearby the container freight station. 

    Located in Ponneri, one of the fastest growing suburbs of Chennai, the facilities were built using the latest technologies and inaugurated by M. Ajit Kumar, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Zone and included government dignitaries, customers and Dries van Dongen, Global Head of Inland Services for APM Terminals. 

    “We are committed to providing integrated specialty warehousing services globally. APM Terminals is constantly looking for ways that we can best address the supply chain needs of our customers. India has seen an increasing demand for temperature and humidity controlled products especially frozen foods and pharmaceutical products for both domestic consumption as well as international export. In line with this trend, and backed by our strong experience in handling temperature controlled cargo, we’ve invested in not only offering global standards of cold chain solutions, but also offering export-import cold chain solutions within our container freight station, for the first time in South India” said Dries van Dongen, APM Terminals’ Global Head of Inland Services.  

    Editor's notes

    Inauguration photo caption

    Chief Guest and key dignitaries at the inauguration of APM Terminals Inland Services’ integrated Cold chain solutions facility at Chennai, India include left to right: Mr. Joseph Sandiav (South Region Head, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.), Ms. Rajini S Menon (Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Chennai CFS), Chief Guest  - Shri M. Ajit Kumar (Chief Commissioner Customs, Chennai Zone),  Mr. Dries Van Dongen (Global Head of Inland Services, APM Terminals),  Ms. Shanthy Gunasekaran (Deputy Drug Controller (I), South zone, Chennai office), Mr. Julian Bevis (Senior Director, Group Relations, South Asia, Maersk), Mr. Ajit Venkataraman (Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia) and Mr. Vikaas Shinghal (Head of Cold Chain Division, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.)  

    About APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia

    APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia specializes in helping customers better serve their Indian inland markets by providing Container Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots, warehousing, transportation, customized container solutions and cold chain solutions in Nhava Sheva, Chennai, Dadri, Mundra, Pipavav, Pune, and Tuticorin.


    April 18 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals Hosts Hinterland Connectivity Seminar,

    This event is the latest in a series of one-day seminars from the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) International to assess key risks and responses in cargo handling.

    APM Terminals hosted an ICHCA Technical Panel which examined ways of minimizing risk and maximizing efficiency in port-hinterland cargo for customers. The panel was led by APM Terminals’ Global Head of Safety, Environment & Performance Management, Wouter De Gier who assumed the group’s leadership role in October of 2017. 

    ICHCA Technical Panel

    Caption: Technical leaders from the shipping industry, NGOs, labor, environmental and safety professions met in The Hague, Netherlands to discuss industry best practices and the hinterland movement of cargo.

    Panel participants included Roy de Haan, Account Manager, Landside Customers for APM Terminals, and Professor Thomas Schlipkoether, Member of the Executive Board of the Duisburger Hafen AG and Head of Duisburg Port Authority.  The ICHCA Technical Panel introduced three new working groups on Dangerous Goods, Digital & Innovation and Straddle Carrier Safety during the meeting.

    “The land-side logistics supply chain is complex with many diverse actors. This diversity has an impact on the connectivity, reliability and safety of the supply chain. This is why we need to accelerate the discussion on how we connect better with ports and terminals. Participants presented potential new risks and issues and shared ideas to manage these,” said Mr. De Gier.

    About the ICHCA

    Founded in 1952, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.

    “Improving connectivity between port and hinterland is a critical aspect of ensuring the integrity of the entire global cargo chain and ICHCA is pleased to bring stakeholders together for a productive exchange of views on current challenges and future visions,” said Rachael White, CEO, ICHCA International Secretariat.

    April 18 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals Mumbai handles record number of containers in 2017,

    APM Terminals Mumbai handled a record 2.3 million TEUs during 2017-18. This is the terminal’s highest volume performance since the terminal was built in 2006. The terminal handled over 633 vessels over the course of the year. 

    Commenting on the achievement, Ravi Gaitonde, Managing Director of APM Terminals Mumbai said, “This success is a result of the cooperation extended by the entire trade community including the cargo owners, Container Freight Station operators, transporters, rail operators and the port and customs authorities. We would like to thank the community for their business and support. We are continuously looking for ways to improve our service offering and increase the efficiency of the terminal to remain terminal of choice for our customers.”

    Nhava Sheva, the busiest container port in northwest India, handled a record 4.8 million TEUS in 2017, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 42% of the port’s total container volume.

    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-A Government of India undertaking). Operating from Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), APM Terminals Mumbai is India’s largest container terminal handling facility in container throughput (TEUs), representing 18% of India's containerized cargo. 


    April 06 2018 Read more
  • Reefer Terminal reconfirms market-leading position,

    While Del Monte Fruit was announcing its return to APM Terminals’ Reefer Terminal in Vado Ligure, the Italian Terminal was reconfirming its position as fruit logistics market leader in Central-Southern Europe, during ‘Fruit Logistica 2018’ in Berlin. Outstanding infrastructure and consistent high level of efficiency were recognised as contributing factors.

    Fruit Logistica 2018, which took place in Berlin, is the most important event and exhibition of the fresh fruit and vegetable logistics market in Europe. APM Terminals Reefer Terminal, located in Vado Ligure, joined Fruit Logistica as part of Ports of Genoa, the Authority coordinating the ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado Ligure.

    Market leader

    APM Terminals Reefer Terminal reconfirmed its key role in the region with 50,000 m2 of dedicated fruit-business, including 24,000 m2 of refrigerated warehouse and approximately 500,000 pallets of fruit handled every year. This makes APM Terminals Reefer Terminal the market leader in the region. Vado Ligure is also the biggest tropical fresh fruit import hub in the Mediterranean.

    Located just 50 m from the quay, the terminal provides its clients with a wide range of services to containers as well as bulk vessels, and specifically to the fruit and vegetable logistics market, including quality control, bar coding and traceability for perishable, stuffing/stripping of containers.

    Performance is consistent, with an average of 8 minutes per inspection, with different inspections being performed simultaneously to save time.

    Del Monte Fruit’s return to Vado Ligure

    After a six-year break, it is a combination of these factors that have attracted the American multinational, Del Monte Fruit, one of the three worldwide largest companies in fruit segment, back to APM Terminals’ Reefer Terminal in Vado Ligure.

    “The agreement reached with a leading company like Del Monte confirms the quality of the services that our terminal can provide, as one of the main hubs in the fresh food sector which has many interesting prospects for development,” says Paolo Cornetto, Managing Director of APM Terminals Vado Ligure.

    Stefano Polidori, Sales Director for Del Monte Italia, also spoke of possible new opportunities for Vado: “We are convinced that cooperation with the Reefer Terminal will strengthen our position in Northern Italy and open the possibility of new collaborations in the area”.

    March 26 2018 Read more
  • Using technology for better supply chains in Mexico,

    APM Terminals celebrates its first year of working with customers in Mexico this month. With advanced technology and sustainable solutions, Lázaro Cárdenas is the country’s first semi-automated terminal designed to make Mexican supply chains more efficient, reliable and sustainable.

    APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas combines human flexibility with technology to improve predictability, transparency, and reliability as well as maximum security for its employees and supply chain partners.

    Preventing equipment down time
    Data is, for example, collected from equipment like cranes and shuttles, to help the onsite maintenance team analyse their operating condition. Real-time, online supervision supports proactive maintenance, which is more cost-effective than scheduled maintenance. Data is used to provide historical comparison, operation trend displays, condition reports and energy usage reports, all of which can be used to optimize performance and increases asset availability.

    This sophisticated process is steered from the control room, where remote operators manoeuvre the STS (ship-to-shore) cranes that unload and reload vessels. Full video camera coverage provides - from this safe vantage point - a multi-angle perspective of the container lifting and moving process. Sensors assist the operator with trajectory prediction, alignment and stacking, as well as pendulum control. These tools help prevent accidents, increases productivity and reduces damage.

    Total transparency
    Optical character recognition identifies the container and allows both the operator and customers to track its progress all the way through the terminal.

    APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas covers 49 hectares, has a 750-meter-long deep-sea berth with a draft of 16.5 meters. Its five railroad tracks form part of the Kansas City Southern railroad network, and offers twice daily services to Mexico City. Its strategic location connects Asia with the west coast of Mexico and provides the shortest distance and lowest intermodal cost to Mexico City, which accounts for 42% of the total Pacific Coast market.

    Award winning
    Links with APM Terminals Intermodal facility in Cuautitlán provide a rapid and efficient transport corridor to reach Mexico’s main markets. APM Terminals Mexico City operates daily trains from all main ports in the country. The intermodal facility has been awarded ‘Best Intermodal Facility’ by one of the world’s largest retailers for the last two years.

    The APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas commercial team works closely with customers throughout Mexico, including importers of foodstuffs, electronics and auto parts and exporters of metals, consumer goods, auto parts and foodstuffs.


    March 22 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals’ port integrator vision takes shape,

    Company Chief Commercial Officer explains plans to optimize supply chains near port.

    Long Beach, California – While attending the JOC Transpacific Maritime conference in Long Beach, California on March 6 - one of the transportation industry’s premier customer events - APM Terminals Chief Commercial Officer Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen met with media to give an update on the commercial environment and how the company’s strategic direction will broaden its commercial service profile.

    An October 2017 company survey of shipping line and landside customers identified their interest in a partner who could deliver higher vessel productivity, optimize their business, offer more flexibility at the port and beyond the gate and improve truck turnaround times at the container terminal.

    “We are moving from a portfolio-driven growth company to a more customer-centric, product-driven company with lean operations at its core. We are getting ready for a digital future, working closer with all our shipping line customers and developing our product line for our landside customers,” said Mr. Pedersen.

    The commercial plan for shipping line customers is designed to deliver port performance goals that optimize their liner networks, creating more flexibility at the port to manage the inherent constant change of vessel schedules and finding ways to handle the complete range of vessel support services while in port. This combination will enable faster port stays through reduced complexity and handoffs.

    The commercial plan for landside customers is focused on finding new, unique solutions to their supply chain challenges. Supply chains can always be improved at ports – a pivotal location that experiences many changes in cargo availability, triggering multiple communications and orchestration of many handoffs. In July 2016, a new regulatory requirement was added to weigh all containers to ensure no overweight loads.

    There are plans for digital services that offer customers more self-service products such as truck appointment systems, where truckers can book a specific time slot for arrival or use a fast lane.

    “We see the opportunities to make the port segment in every customer’s supply chain work better with more efficiency, reliability and less handoffs. We already have scale with one of the largest port and inland networks in the world,” added Mr. Pedersen.

    March 14 2018 Read more
  • Safety Award for APM Terminals Poti,

    APM Terminals Poti has been named the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award winner for the Best Project in the Human Rights Category: Increasing Safety Awareness for Truck Drivers.

    Organised by the UN Global Compact Network and the CSR Club of Georgia, the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards promote and support the development of corporate sustainability practices within the Republic of Georgia.

    This year, an independent jury evaluated 23 projects and named winners in three CSR categories: Human Rights; Environmental Protection and Successful Partnership for Sustainable Development.

    Making roads safer

    “Our CSR initiatives are undertaken to benefit the community and the port’s stakeholders” said APM Terminals Poti, Managing Director Klaus Holm Laursen. “Recognition of these efforts is testament to the fine work done by the trainers, and the 2,279 truck drivers who participated in our Road Safety Awareness Training Programme and who are now making Georgia’s roads safer.”

    In 2017, as part of the UN Global Security Week, APM Terminals Poti launched the project to raise awareness for road safety, and to send the message to the trucking community that APM Terminals cares for their health and safety. The goal of the programme was to increase truck drivers’ safety awareness while on the terminal premises and while driving on public roads in Georgia.

    “APM Terminals Poti is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for employees and contractors, as well as safe living environment for the population of Georgia,” added Mr. Laursen.

    Local and international jury members

    The CSR Award’s jury members included local and international organisation representatives from UN Women; the American Chamber of Commerce; EWMI ACCESS; the EU Delegation in Georgia; the Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Government of Georgia; UNDP; the EU joint program “Human Rights for All”; Global Compact Network Germany; REC Caucasus; the World Wildlife Fund; and the Free University.

    APM Terminals assumed a controlling interest in Seaport Poti in 2011, and has invested over USD 80 million in refurbishing and improving the port's infrastructure and equipment. APM Terminals Poti handled 319,000 TEUs in 2017.

    March 08 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals calls for industry solution on gates,

    At the JOC's 18th Annual TPM Conference today, Wim Lagaay, Head of APM Terminals USA portfolio, based in Charlotte, North Carolina presented APM Terminals views during a panel discussion: ‘Gridlock at the gate - The case for appointment systems and extended gates’.

    “All partners in the supply chain have to work together to solve this. We believe an appointment system is clearly an industry solution that brings predictability to import cargo availability - and allows us to better balance truck volumes at the terminal gate," he said.

    Wim Lagaay, presenting at TPM annual conference

    "We want to see the system data-driven and adhered to by all parties. For late gates, you need the rest of the supply chain to be open after normal business hours and on weekends to work effectively. If we offer a late gate on a weekend – we need to ensure that truckers and importers are open and working so the distribution centers can accept the cargo.”

    The panel consisted of executives from The Harbor Trucking Association, Advent – a terminal gate software provider, an importer from SG Footwear and the President of SSA Marine - who debated the terminal gate situation and how to add more velocity to supply chains.


    March 07 2018 Read more
  • Aqaba Container Terminal reinforces commitment to Jordan’s 2025 vision,

    APM Terminals’ Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) reinforces its commitment to Jordan’s 2025 vision, which leverages the Kingdom’s free-trade agreements to position Jordan as an economic gateway to regional markets.

    Following a period of rapid growth, the port of Aqaba emerged in the 1980s as the third-largest terminal in the Red Sea. In 2003, congestion at the port was becoming a major obstacle for Jordanian trade, costing the economy an estimated 120M USD per year.

    King Abdullah’s leadership

    Under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the crisis was turned into a catalyst for change and progress. The Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) was formed and the management of the terminal was put out to tender for a two-year period, with the ultimate objective of developing a state-of the-art container terminal in Aqaba.

    APM Terminals won the tender and began operating the terminal in 2004. Within a year, the terminal was fully computerised, berthing delays had become a distant memory, dwell-time was more than halved and shipping lines had removed their congestion surcharges. In 2006, APM Terminals signed a 25-year concession agreement with ADC which, according to Steven Yoogalingam, CEO of ACT was, “the start of a remarkable private-public partnership success story in Jordan.”

    Model for private-public partnership

    In 2014, the Jordanian government issued a report which recognised ACT as model private-public partnership based on its excellence in operations, safety, quality of service, and its wider social and economic impact. The venture is a pivotal element of His Majesty’s 2025 vision to turn Jordan into a regional logistics cluster.

    ACT has been able to draw directly from APM Terminals’ leading operational standards and global best practices. “Exceeding the highest global safety standards earned us the prestigious APM Terminals’ Global Safety Award in 2015,” says Feras Altaweil, ACT’s Head of HSSE. “In 2016, for the third time, the terminal received the Jordanian National Workplace Health and Safety Award from Jordan Social Security.”

    Ongoing investment

    Reaching an employee nationalization rate of 99.5%, developing an extensive Corporate Social Responsibility program and reinvesting locally 97% of all revenue generated since 2006, sets ACT’s social and economic contributions apart.

    “Our employees’ continuous hard work under APM Terminals’ progressive management has enabled ACT to become a driver of social and economic development in Aqaba,” says Steven Yoogalingam. “It proudly illustrates Jordan’s capacity to attract successful local and foreign investors.”

    “As a strategic partner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with an established track-record spanning more than 10 years, APM Terminals extends its ongoing support to Jordan’s 2025 vision, through continuous investment in Jordan’s logistics and transportation infrastructure.”

    March 02 2018 Read more
  • Costa Rica celebrates a milestone towards improved supply chain connectivity, President of Costa Rica welcomes fleet of environmentally friendly electric cranes for the new Moin Container Terminal, set to open in 2019.

    Moin, Costa Rica -A formal ceremony was held at Terminal de Contenedores de Moín

    (MCT) on February 23rd to commemorate the arrival of the facility’s first three Ship-to- Shore (STS) cranes and six Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs). The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the CEO of APM Terminals, Morten Engelstoft, both addressed the invited guests, which included First Lady, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, and Costa Rican Vice Presidents Helio Fallas and Ana Helena Chacón. The new deep-water facility, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, is scheduled to open in February 2019, propelling Costa Rica into a new role as a key global logistics hub for the region.

    "Costa Rica, and especially Limón, celebrate the strengthening of trade and port vocation of this province. These first three gantry cranes continue to strengthen the potential to further connect our country with world trade," stated President Solís Rivera. Costa Rica is currently the world’s largest exporter of pineapples, and the 3rd-largest exporter of bananas. Sugar and coffee, as well as clothing and electronics are also major export products. Costa Rican businesses and consumers will benefit from new world-class port infrastructure, which will be able to operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. More than 60% of the terminal’s capacity will be devoted to refrigerated container handling which will significantly improve the supply chain for perishables.

    "Costa Rica is preparing to inaugurate much more than a Container Terminal; the country is inaugurating a new era in its commercial relations with the world; and this will have a direct impact on the country's economy and an important advance in the global connectivity ranking," said Morten H. Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.

    The environmentally-friendly, electric-powered cranes are the first in Costa Rica with a 22-container row reach, enabling direct calls of the larger class of container ships entering Latin American trade lanes. The STS cranes will be able to accommodate vessels of 8,500 TEU capacity – a first for Costa Rica.

    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 61 272 5696 
    February 28 2018 Read more

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