Press releases

  • 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
  • New Quetzal terminal welcomes largest vessel to call a Guatemalan Port, 8,600 TEU capacity CSAV Traiguen introduces weekly direct calls to USA and Canada.

    Quetzal, Guatemala –The 8,600 TEU capacity CSAV Traiguen became the largest container ship to call a Guatemalan port when it arrived at Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ) on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast on April 12th, 2017, on the maiden call of German-based Hapag-Lloyd’s Mediterranean Pacific (MPS) service. The previous record of 5,500 TEU was established just a month ago with the arrival of the Maersk Gironde into TCQ on March 26th.

    TCQ, which was acquired by APM Terminals in March 2016 while under construction, opened for operations earlier this year, with the first trial vessel call completed in February. TCQ, with an annual container throughput capacity of 340,000 TEU, is currently the largest facility between the port of Lázaro Cardenas in México, and the Panama Canal, on the west coast of Central America. The terminal, equipped with two STS cranes, and a berth depth of 14 meters, can handle vessels of up to 9,000 TEU capacity, making it the largest in Guatemala.

    The MPS service will begin weekly calls to TCQ in early May, providing a direct link between Guatemala and the Ports of Los Angeles, and Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada on the Westbound route, and Mediterranean ports including Tangier, Morocco; Valencia and Barcelona, Spain; and Fos, France on the Eastbound service. Commodities include machinery, spare parts and industrial raw materials. On the Westbound service, Guatemalan exports include such products as refrigerated fruits, vegetables and fish, along with cotton, textiles and tobacco.

    Guatemalan ports handled 720,000 TEUs in the first half of 2016, representing a 7.2% growth rate over the first half of 2015, the third-fastest growth rate of any Latin American country. Quetzal is Guatemala’s third-busiest container port, and the largest port on the Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. TCQ represents new capacity for Guatemala’s expanding economy; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected an economic growth rate of 3.8% for Guatemala in 2017.

    Media contact
    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    April 18 2017 Read more
  • President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Denmark officially open APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Latin America’s largest semi-automated terminal, will offer a new gateway for trade between Mexico, a core growth market, and the rest of the world.

    Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico – The President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, joined by the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, today inaugurated APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Latin America’s most technologically-advanced container terminal, with the capacity to receive the world’s largest ships and contribute significantly to Mexico’s future trade growth. The terminal represents an investment of more than US$900 million.

    Among the thousand guests participating in the event, was the Constitutional Governor of Michoacan State, Silvano Aureoles Conejo. The ceremony marked the official opening of the deep-water terminal with an annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent containers). At full build-out the terminal will increase annual throughput capacity to more than four million TEUs in 2030.

    “Markets with strong trade alliances tend to outperform global growth and Mexico alone has signed more than 45 free trade agreements, making it one of the world’s most important economies. Maersk is committed to Mexico, and across our Transport and Logistics brands, we employ more than 800 people locally,” said Søren Skou, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller-Maersk, one of the world’s largest logistics companies.

    Mexico is a core growth market for APM Terminals, part of A.P. Møller-Maersk’s Transport & Logistics business unit, and the new environmentally-friendly terminal will play a key role in serving clients looking to take advantage of trade opportunities predominantly to and from Asia, and across the rest of the Americas.

    “We are working hard to make this terminal as efficient as possible for customers,” said APM Terminals Chief Commercial Officer Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen. “Thanks to its semi-automated processes, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas will offer faster turnaround times per container as well as faster intermodal transportation via its superior on-dock rail connection. The terminal’s strong geographic position on the coast and its connection with our inland terminal at Cuautitlan Izcalli in the industrial zone of Mexico City, ensures our customers have easy access to inland distribution centers and a consumer market of over 120 million people.”

    The terminal, which is the second terminal for APM Terminals in Mexico after APM Terminals Yucatan, is currently performing 30% above expectations in terms of container turnaround times in March, and is expected to improve operational efficiencies per container by 20%.

    “The technology in this terminal will bring increased predictability and efficiency to our shipping line customers, while ensuring the highest levels of Safety for our employees and supply chain partners, contributing to Mexico’s trade and growth stories as well as long-term competitiveness,” said Managing Director for APM Terminals in Mexico, Jose Rueda.

    The terminal received its first official vessel call on February 27, 2017 with the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah, on the Maersk AC2 Transpacific service from Asia.

    With the first phase of the terminal complete, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas covers 49 hectares, with a 750-meter quay and a depth of 16.5 meters, deep enough to accommodate the latest generation of Ultra-Large Container Ships. The terminal is equipped with five intermodal rail tracks and offers automated gate services.

    Mexico handled 5.66 million TEUs in 2016, behind only Brazil and Panama in Latin American port container traffic volume.

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

    Mexico media and Spanish media contact:
    Rafael Luna
    Tel +55-21-55-4915-5530
    April 04 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals’ operations in Tacoma likely to cease by the end of 2017, Tacoma, Washington USA - APM Terminals Tacoma has received notification from Matson, Inc., its main customer, that Matson does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017. Accordingly, APM Terminals is evaluating all options with respect to its existing terminal lease, which is currently set to expire on December 31, 2017.

    The terminal, with 12 employees, became part of the Maersk Group portfolio with the acquisition of US-based Sea-Land Service by Maersk Line in 2000. The 600,000 TEU annual throughput capacity facility was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, handling approximately 190,000 TEUs in 2016.

    “We are proud of the service we have been able to provide to the Port of Tacoma and the Seaport Alliance, and of the recognition APM Terminals Tacoma has consistently received by the Pacific Maritime Association for Safety Performance,” stated APM Terminals North America President, Wim Lagaay.

    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.

    Media contact
    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    April 04 2017 Read more
  • APM Terminals Mobile to Serve as Primary Port for New Walmart Regional Distribution Center, Global retail leader Walmart announces new 2.5 million square foot International Distribution Center 15 miles from the Port of Mobile.

    Mobile, Alabama –APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port. The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington, Alabama facility will handle Walmart’s import cargoes destined for Walmart’s Regional Distribution Centers in the American South. The recently completed Panama Canal lock widening project will permit vessels of up to 13,000 TEU capacity to transit the canal, bringing larger vessels and new opportunities to the deep-water terminal strategically located on the US Gulf Coast.

    The APM Terminals Mobile terminal opened in September of 2008. With a depth of 45 feet, the facility is currently equipped with two STS cranes capable of a 19-row reach. APM Terminals Mobile is adding two new super-Post Panamax STS cranes with expected delivery in June 2017, and is expanding the container yard by 20 acres as part of a $40 million infrastructure investment which will increase the terminal’s annual throughput capacity to 500,000 TEUs.

    China COSCO Shipping’s first Gulf of Mexico Express (GME) joint service call linking China with the Port Mobile via the Panama Canal began on June 4th, 2016 with the arrival of the 5,100 TEU capacity COSCO Boston. On June 9th, 2016 a trans-Pacific service operated jointly by the 2M Alliance partners Danish-based Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (known as the “TP18” service for Maersk Line, and the “Lone Star Service” for MSC), made its maiden call to APM Terminals Mobile, with the 7,900 TEU capacity Maersk Kawasaki. These two new services represent the second and third trans-Pacific strings with direct calls to APM Terminals Mobile, with the “PEX3” weekly service operated by French-based CMA-CGM and their Ocean’s Alliance partners, which began calling the Port of Mobile in January 2009.

    APM Terminals, Canadian National Rail (CN), and the Alabama State Port Authority have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase intermodal container traffic moving by rail through the Port of Mobile. A new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) which opened in June 2016, adjacent to the port, provides direct service by the CN railroad to Memphis, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois, with connections to Jackson, Mississippi; Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan and Canadian destinations. The ICTF, built at a cost of USD $60 million, includes two operating tracks, a loop track, and car repair track of 3,000 feet (914 meters) in length.

    Walmart, with 4,488 retail locations in the United States, selected the Mobile, Alabama port location with these new cargo handling and intermodal capabilities in mind. Mobile is also the point of entry for Airbus passenger plane components which are moved to the
    USD $600 million Airbus factory and assembly facility at the nearby Brookley Aeroplex, representing another major business making site selections close to the Port of Mobile.

    “We are very pleased with the level of growth we’ve seen at APM Terminals Mobile over the past few years, and we believe we provide a very valuable service in an emerging US gateway. We are looking forward to working closely with our colleagues at the Alabama State Port Authority to provide some southern hospitality and world-class logistics to our new valued customer, Walmart” said APM Terminals Mobile Managing Director Brian Harold.

    The $135 million Walmart Irvington distribution center is scheduled to open in mid-2018, representing new annual container traffic of an estimated 50,000 TEUs annually through the Port of Mobile.

    Media contact
    Tom Boyd, Head of External Communications
    APM Terminals, The Hague, Netherlands
    +31 70 304 2181
    March 31 2017 Read more