Press releases

  • APM Terminals opens a new era for Puerto Quetzal, More shipping lines calling and faster truck turntimes - add up to strengthen country’s newest container terminal as economic engine.
       
    Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - APM Terminals Quetzal is transforming Guatemala’s port sector by offering the highest productivity port operations in the country. In less than a year of operations, four new vessel strings have been added to offer the country’s import/export industries more connections to overseas markets. Guatemala City is now served faster by a Pacific port that is only 98 kilometers away compared to Atlantic coast ports which are five hours away.  Equally important, Guatemala’s truckers for the first time in years can now make multiple trips every day into and out of the port thanks to APM Terminals Quetzal’s highly efficient, fast trucker turntime procedures which average   30 minutes.   
     
    Speaking to government leaders, diplomats, customers and guests at the port inauguration ceremony, APM Terminals Chief Commercial Officer, Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen welcomed the audience and stated, “Every country wants access to a competitive port – and we are proud to design our new container terminal around the country’s growth needs and Guatemalan businesses. APM Terminals Quetzal will play a strategic role in Guatemala’s economic future and competitiveness in world markets. The container terminal you see here is a Guatemalan success story - run by Guatemalans with 170 new jobs created here and hundreds of indirect jobs for the future.”  
     
    Trade accounts for 25.9% of Guatemala’s economy and most of Guatemala’s economic development is concentrated along the Pacific coast.  As the country’s newest Pacific gateway port, APM Terminals Quetzal is ensuring exports of sugar, fruits and vegetables, coffee, grains, fertilizer, fish, cotton, textiles and tobacco which represent half of Guatemala’s exports are successfully handled to the highest quality standards.   
     
    With 16.5 million people, Guatemala has the largest population in Central America. The IMF has projected an annual economic growth rate of 3.2% for 2017 and 3.5% in 2018.  Guatemalan ports handled a combined 1.57 million TEUs in 2016, surpassing Costa Rica with 1.34 million TEUs for second place in Central America, after Panama, with its Canalassociated transshipment ports at Colon and Balboa, which handled 6.25 million TEUs in 2016, among the Central American nations.      

    APM Terminals Quetzal has a capacity of 340,000 TEUs and is a 85%/15% joint venture between APM Terminals and The IFC - World Bank.  APM Terminals has invested USD 180 million in the terminal and has plans for an additional USD 145 million to be invested over a 19 year period.  As part of the company’s community outreach efforts, APM Terminals Quetzal has plans to cooperate with the Municipality of San José on community projects, representing an investment of USD 500,000 a year in projects that will be evaluated jointly.     

    Media contact:  
    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31 61 272 5696
    Thomas.H.Boyd@apmterminals.com
    November 22 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Liberia aids local health outreach, Logistical support provided to international medical volunteers.  

    Monrovia, Liberia –On November 9th, APM Terminals Liberia participated in a local medical outreach program organized by First Responders Liberia, Inc., as part of a 10-day program to provide access for an estimated 4,000 Liberians. APM Terminals Liberia is providing logistical support to the medical team of 30 professionals from the USA who are volunteering their services. 

    APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei said, “We want our neighbors to know that we feel it is our duty as responsible corporate citizens to take an active role in supporting the communities in the port area, and throughout the country. We are committed to providing the best service to our customers at the port, and at inland locations, but also to helping improve the lives of all Liberians.”

    APM Terminals commenced operations at the Port of Monrovia in February 2011 under a 25-year concession agreement for the privatization of the port.  The company made significant improvements as part of a USD 120 million overhaul in port upgrades, including wharf reconstruction and adding navigational aids such as buoys and land-based signal stations to enable safe, 24-hour operations. Night time vessel navigation to the port had been lacking for 30 years before the port was privatized.  


    Contact:
    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31–70–304–2181
    Thomas.H.Boyd@apmterminals.com
    November 16 2017 Read more
  • Poti upgrades tugboat services to strengthen schedule reliability and supply chains, New Svitzer tugboats can operate in harsh weather conditions, offer safer, stronger services for night time entrance channel navigation.

    Creates more berth windows and improved schedule reliability for vessel operators; more flexible supply chains for land-side customers.

    Poti, Georgia - APM Terminals Poti has added two Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from the Maersk Transport & Logistics sister brand Svitzer, to significantly improve harsh weather operating capabilities and night time navigation through the entrance channel. APM Terminals Poti Managing Director, Klaus Holm Laursen said, “We are excited to strengthen our vessel handling capabilities with these advanced tugboats. Our customers benefit with enhanced night-time navigation and safer towage during harsh weather conditions. This translates into faster turn times for vessels, more berthing windows to fit last minute changes to sailing schedules and we can now welcome even longer, larger vessels. We believe the big winner here will be our landside customers whose supply chains to interior points in Georgia and Central Asia will see improved scheduling reliability and flexibility, making Poti the Black Sea gateway of choice.”

    APM Terminals Poti is the largest port in Georgia, handling 80% of Georgia’s container traffic in a multi-purpose facility with 15 berths for cargo and ferry passenger service; a total quay length of 2,900 meters; more than 20 quay cranes and 17 km of rail track. Of the container cargo handled at Poti, 60% is destined for delivery in Azerbaijan, Armenia and other Central Asian locations. Development plans call for continued facility expansion and modernization over the next five years. The port will be served by a fleet of three tugboats: Two ASDs from Svitzer’s fleet in Europe and a third tugboat from APM Terminals Poti.

    Contact:
    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31 61 272 5696
    Thomas.H.Boyd@apmterminals.com
    November 15 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles sets new single vessel record with 24,846 TEUs handled, Los Angeles, California USA - APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. This performance eclipsed the previous record of 18,500 TEUs handled during the call of a similarly-sized vessel at the Port of Rotterdam in 2015.

    The Maersk Evora arrived at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on October 19th, on the Europe-Far East/Transpacific AE6/TP6 service operated by 2M partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company. The Los Angeles port call is the only US call for this pendulum service linking America’s largest container port with the Far East.

    APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Managing Director, Steven Trombley said, “This achievement highlights how Pier 400 can easily handle the large cargo volumes our liner customers generate to maximize their network utilization and our landside customers expect in their port partner. Our team ensured the cranes, container yard, ondock rail and truck gate all worked in a well-executed plan to deliver these results for our customers’ supply chains.”

    APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles was the first container terminal in North America to receive a vessel of 18,000 TEU capacity, when the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin became the largest container ship ever to call a North American port on December 26th, 2015. During that call, 11,200 containers were handled during 56 hours of port operations.

    Ultra-Large Container Ships of 10,000 TEU capacity and above now represent an increasingly significant component of the global liner fleet, with vessels of up to 22,000 TEU capacity now under construction.

    Contact:

    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31 61 272 5696
    Thomas.H.Boyd@apmterminals.com
    November 13 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Vado aims to be new gateway to central Europe’s 70 million consumer market,

    Designed for customers needing southern Europe gateway to improve supply chains; gain access to major liner networks using deep-water ports.

    The Hague, Netherlands - APM Terminals Vado, Italy Managing Director Paolo Cornetto addressed the 5th MedPorts 2017 conference in Barcelona, Spain on the subject of “International Logistics and Supply Chain: What Role Could Mediterranean Ports Play for an Integrated Strategy, Successful Outcome?” by highlighting the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction, as a new southern gateway to Central Europe.

    “We designed our new port around liner customers - and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers - to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port. We will offer a fully-automated gate complex – the first of any Italian port - to get truckers in and out faster and safer. We will offer a natural deepwater port with 16 meter depth to ensure the largest Asia/Europe strings call easily with a modest deviation in their sailing route. And, we are working with rail providers for seamless connections to inland markets to create a new game-changing supply chain that reaches central Europe efficiently,” commented Paolo Cornetto. The opening of the new Gotthard pass rail tunnel will enable fast and environmentally-sustainable intermodal rail service to interior European points, with faster transit times from the Far East than conventional supply chain service through northern European ports. The facility is targetting a 40% intermodal rail split for cargo moving through the port.

    APM Terminals Vado will also be the first container terminal in Italy to handle the new generation of containerships’ needs for water depth, crane reach and height, and quay wall weight requirements - integrated with an automated, safe container yard and trucker gate system. These benefits combined with no air draft restrictions create a new fully equipped port and inland system to better serve supply chains of the future.

    APM Terminals Vado is the first major new container facility built in Italy in decades. The facility opens in 2019 and already features a fresh fruit logistics center with an onsite refrigerated warehouse - the largest in the Mediterranean market conveniently located in the port area. In August 2015, APM Terminals acquired the Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal as part of the port master plan to create new reefer supply chains for markets in northern Italy, southern France, Switzerland and Germany. In 2016, APM Terminals signed a joint venture with COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International Development for the Vado container terminal operation.


    Contact:
    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Tel +31 61 272 5696
    Thomas.H.Boyd@apmterminals.com
    November 01 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Tacoma ends lease, Tacoma, Washington USA - APM Terminals Tacoma will end its operations on September 30, 2017 as part of its portfolio optimization plans and transfer the lease to Seattle-based SSA Marine who will form a new joint venture with Matson Lines, called SSAT, starting operations October 2, 2017. APM Terminals Tacoma lease was set to expire December 31, 2017 and the contractual language allowed the lease transfer.

    “We are proud of the service we have been able to provide to our customers, the Port of Tacoma and the Seaport Alliance, and the Safety performance recognition consistently received by the Pacific Maritime Association,” stated Wim Lagaay, Head of USA and Europe Portfolio for APM Terminals. APM Terminals Tacoma was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, handling a combined 190,000 TEUs in 2016.

    APM Terminals’ US portfolio includes operations at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, the largest proprietary terminal in North America; APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, at the Port of New York & New Jersey; APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama; and a 49% share in the South Florida Container Terminal, at the Port of Miami, Florida.

    All further inquiries on APM Terminals Tacoma should be directed to Glenn Eddy, Director of APM Terminals Tacoma, Glenn.Eddy@apmterminals.com, 704-571-2467.

    Contact person for SSAT is Dana Brand, Dana.Brand@SSAMarine.com, 253-593-8750.

    Related news:
    APM Terminals’ operations in Tacoma likely to cease by the end of 2017 (April 4, 2017)
    http://www.apmterminals.com/en/news/press-releases/2017/news/tacoma-cease-by-the-end-2017

    Media contact:
    Tom Boyd, Head of Media Relations
    APM Terminals
    The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 61 272 5696
    thomas.h.boyd@apmterminals.com
    October 05 2017 Read more

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