Press releases

  • APM Terminals Mumbai adds new India – Arabian Gulf/Mediterranean direct service, Mumbai, India – On July 5th, French based CMA-CGM, a member of the Ocean Alliance, began the new INDIAMED service to Mumbai with the arrival of the 5,009 TEU capacity CMA CGM Virginia at APM Terminals Mumbai. The service, linking South Asia with ports in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean, was officially introduced on July 2nd, operating with vessels provided by CMA-CGM, its APL subsidiary, and Chinese-based Alliance partner COSCO.

    The weekly INDIAMED service provides the fastest transit times between India and CMA CGM hub ports in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, and expands the transshipment network through the MEGEM (East Mediterranean to/from Middle East destinations) and MEDEX (West Mediterranean to/from Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent) services.

    “We are excited to welcome this new service that expands India’s markets into key ports of Mediterranean. We stay committed to CMA CGM and all of India’s trade with our reliable, safe and productive terminal services” stated APM Terminals Mumbai COO Ravi Gaitonde.

    The service rotation includes calls at Khor Fakkan, in the UAE; Karachi, Pakistan; Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), and Mundra, in India; Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Damietta, Egypt; Piraeus, Greece; Malta; Aliaga and Mersin, in Turkey and Port Said West, Egypt.
    CMA CGM, currently the world’s third-largest shipping line by capacity, carried a total of 15.6 million TEUs in 2016, boosted by the acquisition of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Line (NOL), which includes the APL brand.

    Nhava Sheva, the busiest container port in northwest India, handled a record 4.5 million TEUS in 2016, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 1.8 million TEUs, or 40% 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 terms of container throughput (TEUs) and represents 18% of India's containerized cargo.

    Media contact

    Avinash Kachroo, Assistant General Manager – Business Strategy
    APM Terminals Mumbai
    Phone +91 22 6681 1278
    July 11 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals wins direct Asian service calls to east coast of South America, The joint service deployed by Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, ZIM, Hyundai and Hamburg Sud prefers their vessels call APM Terminals' facilities in Itajai (Brazil) and T4 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

    Buenos Aires, Argentina and Itajai, Brazil - Direct services between Asia and the East Coast of South America will begin port calls at APM Terminals Buenos Aires, Argentina, and APM Terminals Itajaí, Brazil. The weekly Asian service, operated jointly with 13 vessels from Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, Zim, Hamburg Süd and Hyundai, will call the Asian ports of Kelang, Singapore, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou and Busan. The service will begin August 25th with the arrival of the first vessel into Terminal 4 Buenos Aires.

    APM Terminals Argentina Managing Director Silvia Iglesias said “We are excited to welcome this new service that expands Argentina’s markets into Asia for our customers. We can now offer more supply chain solutions for importers and exporters using our ondock rail service and terminal connectivity."

    Argentina’s annual container throughput in 2016 was 1.59 million TEUs. Buenos Aires, which handled 1.4 million TEUs last year, is the fourth-busiest container port in South America.

    In Brazil, the first vessel is scheduled to arrive at APM Terminals Itajaí on September 9th. The service will call bi-weekly through April 2018, due to turning basin restrictions for six of the 13 vessels in the string which exceed 300 meters in length. With the completion of the expanded turning basin in the Itajai/Navegantes river complex next year, weekly service will be introduced.

    Ricardo Arten, Managing Director of APM Terminals in Brazil said “This new service is good news for our landside customers who will now compete better in world markets with more routing choices. This is the second Asia/East Coast South America service available in Itajaí, which already handles the ASAS service operated by Maersk Line, MSC and MOL. Equally important, the new string boosts our port’s economic impact to the city of Itajaí and region.”

    Located in Southern Brazil, in the State of Santa Catarina, Itajaí is in the second-largest container port complex in Brazil with a throughput of 1.1 million TEUs in 2016. Frozen poultry is a major export through the port, where APM Terminals Itajaí handled 200,000 TEUs last year.

    Media contacts

    Silvia Iglesias
    APM Terminals Argentina
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Michele Schifino
    APM Terminals Brazil
    Itajai, Brazil
    +55 47 33419952

    Tom Boyd
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    July 05 2017 Read more
  • Madrid Maersk calls APM Terminals Rotterdam on maiden voyage, Second-generation 20,568 TEU capacity Triple-E is first of 11.

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands - The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, launched in March 2017 as the first of 11 of the second-generation Maersk Triple-E vessels to be delivered to the global container ship fleet, called APM Terminals Rotterdam on its maiden voyage on the Far East-Europe (AE-2) service operated by Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping’s 2M Alliance.

    Keith Svendsen, APM Terminals Chief Operating Officer based in The Hague, Netherlands said “We are excited to welcome the Madrid Maersk to Rotterdam and deliver the operational excellence our customers expect.”

    “With this maiden call of Madrid Maersk to Rotterdam, we have yet another opportunity to celebrate our good cooperation with the city, the port and APM Terminals,” added Mark Cairns, The Netherlands Managing Director for Maersk Line. As the latest addition to our modern fleet, this new vessel continues our commitment to serve our customers in The Netherlands and around the world in an even more efficient, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.”

    APM Terminals operates two terminals at the Port of Rotterdam, which is Europe’s busiest container port, and ranked 13th globally, with 12.3 million TEUs handled in 2016. APM Terminals Rotterdam, which opened in October 2000, handled 1.36 million TEUs in 2016, and APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II handled 700,000 TEUs last year.

    Media contact
    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    June 15 2017 Read more
  • Ocean Alliance calls APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, New service links the port with China and Southeast Asia

    Port Elizabeth, New Jersey USA - APM Terminals Port Elizabeth welcomed the 8,700 TEU capacity CMA CGM Bianca, marking the first call of the weekly Ocean Alliance US East Coast Loop 3 Service, providing direct service to the US East Coast from ports in China and Southeast Asia. After a formal welcoming ceremony held at the facility, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth hosted a reception for senior executives of Ocean Alliance member lines to commemorate the occasion. The CMA CGM Bianca arrived and departed on schedule with a berth productivity of 129.2 moves per hour (MPH) for the 4,393 container moves at the terminal, for 30.1 gross MPH, and average dwell for rail-destined containers of less than one day.

    Until recently, container ships calling the Port of New York & New Jersey were mainly of the 5,000-8,000 TEU size class. The Port of NY/NJ is the second-busiest container port complex in North America after LA/Long Beach, with a combined annual throughput of 6.25 million TEUs in 2016. The current record for the largest vessel call at APM Terminals Port Elizabeth is 9,600 TEUs. Vessels of up to 14,000 TEU capacity, however, can now transit the widened Panama Canal locks, linking US East facilities such as APM Terminals Port Elizabeth with the Far East.

    The 350 acre APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, with an annual capacity of 2.3 million TEUs, is now undergoing a $200 million infrastructure investment program to prepare for the increase in ultra-large container ships into the global fleet and the US trade lanes. Larger ship calls to the Port of New York/New Jersey’s Newark Bay terminals have been made possible by the raising of the Bayonne Bridge on the channel into Newark Bay.

    The roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge, linking New Jersey with Staten Island, and originally completed in 1932, has now been raised to a height of 215 feet (65.5 meters), 64 feet (19.5 meters) above the bridge’s original 151 foot (46 meter) vessel passage clearance. This will permit ships of up to 18,000 TEU capacity to enter Newark Bay, including the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth terminal, as of June 30, 2017. The channels of New York and Newark bay have also been deepened to 50 feet (15.2 meters) to accommodate the larger vessels.

    As part of the infrastructure investment program, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth will be equipped with eight super Post-Panamax cranes (4 x 23-container wide reach, 4 x 21- container wide reach) and six Post-Panamax cranes with an 18-container wide reach, along with 24 inbound gates and 16 outbound gates to optimize truck traffic through the terminal. Gate and yard technology will feature optical character recognition, radio frequency identification, global positioning systems, closed circuit television and weigh-in-motion scales.

    APM Terminals Port Elizabeth handled 1.33 million TEUs in 2016, or approximately 21% of the port’s total container throughput.

    Tom Boyd
    APM Terminals
    Head of External Communications
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31–70–304–2181
    June 15 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Zeebrugge Regains Asian Service, Ocean Alliance NEU4 weekly string will be operated by CMA-CGM

    Zeebrugge, Belgium - The weekly Ocean Alliance NEU4 service, operated by French-based CMA-CGM, will link the port of Zeebrugge with the Asian ports of Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Yantian, China as well as Busan, Korea, beginning with the first call of the 13,380 TEU capacity APL Changi on May 16th. The NEU4 service is one of six Asia/North Europe services offered by the Ocean Alliance, which began operations on April 1st with CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line as members. The Ocean Alliance deploys approximately 350 container vessels with an estimated total container capacity of 3.5 million TEUs.

    The service will call the 1.3 million annual throughput capacity APM Terminals Zeebrugge facility, which with a depth of 17 meters and seven STS cranes can accommodate vessels of up to 20,000 capacity. The largest vessel handled by APM Terminals Zeebrugge to date was the 19,224 TEU capacity MSC Maya, on April 15th, 2017. The NEU4 service will deploy 12 vessels, of up to 17,859 TEU capacity.

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

    May 16 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Gothenburg introduces new supply chain services,
    New technology and expanded acreage targets Sweden’s forestry and machinery exports

    Gothenburg, Sweden – APM Terminals Gothenburg has announced a new service designed to accelerate and improve Sweden’s supply chains in the forestry and steel export sectors. As part of the company’s SEK 250 million container terminal investment plan, a new specialized facility within APM Terminals Gothenburg will enable bulk cargoes arriving by truck or rail to be loaded into a container in less than a minute, using proven LoadPlate technology.

    “Wood and steel are large, important and price sensitive exports for Sweden. Working closely with our clients, we designed a supply chain service that makes the conversion from bulk cargo into containers in a faster, easier, safer method than using conventional fork lifts. “The yearly export volumes of sawn timber is approximately 13 million cubic meters, which corresponds to 280,000 containers annually stated APM Terminals Gothenburg Chief Commercial Officer, Morten Brühl. “When we combine our new supply chain service with our waterside offerings which include the most port calls of any Scandinavian container terminal, including direct liner service to both Asia and the USA, we open up tangible, new business opportunities for Scandinavia.”

    The new supply chain services performed at APM Terminals Gothenburg are in cooperation with Mimab, an industrial services company, who will manage the container freight station.

    Media contact:
    Annika Hilmersson
    APM Terminals Gothenburg
    Head of Communications
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Tel: +46 10 122 22 30
    April 28 2017 Read more