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  • EU Ambassadors visit Peru’s largest multipurpose terminal ,

    APM Terminals Callao hosted an EU delegation of ambassadors representing 12 EU member states. Led by the EU Ambassador in Peru, Diego Mellado, the visit was of special interest as annual trade between the EU and Peru is more than $10 billion, 60% of which are exports from Peru to the EU. 

    The trade agreement between the EU and Peru celebrated its fifth anniversary this year- and this month, the Lima Chamber of Commerce and Peru Eurocámaras signed an agreement to centralize EU efforts to promote economic development and investment.

    Peru has seen strong growth in recent years - with the port of Callao experiencing consistent growth of around 10% per annum since 1990, with the exception of 2009 and 2015.

    APM Terminals Callao’s container volume grew by almost 50% over the past two years and currently handles around 39.8% of the country’s total container traffic. The terminal also handles 74% of Peru’s non-containerized (general) cargo (excluding minerals), including steel products, grains, RoRo cargo, cement, chemicals and frozen fish.

    Further growth for the terminal

    International trade with Peru is also set to benefit from a recently established free trade agreement with Australia. The deal will open up some of the most important markets in the Asia-Pacific region and the terminal’s strategic location makes it ideal for shipping lines in the trade lane.

    The delegation also visited the Peru Customs authority (SUNAT) headquarters located inside the terminal. APM Terminals Callao has worked closely with SUNAT to improve the speed of container removal authorizations, reduce unnecessary container moves, and eliminate the cost of electronic tally notes for customers.

    Future-proofing the terminal to save customer’s time and money

    This year will also see the introduction of a new general cargo online interface, enabling customers to carry out administrative procedures using a single digital platform. Customers will be able to track terminal operations online in real time and obtain their invoices and authorizations through the system. The system also enables the terminal to plan operations more efficiently.

    The terminal completed a $460 million terminal modernisation and expansion plan in 2016. Together with the recent purchase of new general cargo equipment and the huge effort of the general cargo team to implement new procedures, expand best practices, improve planning processes, launch training programs and enhance client communications -  productivity rates have continued to improve even further. In 2017, productivity increased by 100% for solid bulk (300 to 600 MT/hour) and 135% for break-bulk cargo, compared to 2011, when APM Terminals Callao was granted the tender.

    Port infrastructure improvements continue at APM Terminals Callao – with   the modernization project of the hydrocarbons dock, which handled more than 88% of the country’s liquid volume in 2017. The project is particularly complex as discharge operations cannot be interrupted – but can be successfully achieved through alternating construction windows.

    mayo 18 2018 Read more
  • Digitisation saves more than just time at APM Terminals Pipavav, With more than 500 trucks per day passing through the gates at APM Terminals Pipavav, even the smallest efficiency improvement quickly adds up to 100s of hours saved per day. The terminal’s latest digital solution also offers significant environmental benefits, cost savings and improved safety.

    APM Terminals Pipavav have developed an online version of Form 13 (gate-in permits issued by terminals) required for each import/export container. Known as e-form 13, it will save close to 3 million kilometres of road trips and their associated carbon emissions each year. 

    For customer this translates into time savings and fuel cost savings. With many of these kilometres often covered by couriers on motorbikes this also means significantly less risk of fatal road traffic accidents. The new paperless system will also save millions of sheets of waste paper per year and speed up the processing.

    Previously at APM Terminals Pipavav, shipping lines would collect multiple documents to issue completed Form 13 for each import/export container. The truck arrived at the pre-gate waiting area and handed over the documents required to obtain Form 13 to Gate In the container. The Customs House Agent then took the documents on a 14km round trip to the shipping line’s office to submit the documentation, and wait for a manual Form 13. Once the trucker had Form 13, the details had to be entered in Terminal Operating System by a pre-gate clerk. Only then could they enter the terminal. 

    Interconnected systems


    In the new scenario, from the safety of his or her office, the Customs House Agent simply uploads the required documentation digitally onto the e-Form 13 platform. The shipping line verifies the uploaded documents via an approval screen and digitally approves them. This triggers an Approval Transaction Number and the Terminal Operating System is updated with the necessary information. The Customs House Agent sends the Approval Transaction Number to the driver via text message, which enables the truck to pass through the gate. 

    Smooth implementation

    The development partner for the new system was carefully selected based on their previous experience developing similar platforms, to ensure that the transition went as smoothly as possible. Training sessions were run to ensure that all of those impacted by the change, fully understood the process and implications. Through these training sessions the Terminal has also strengthened customer engagement.
     
    mayo 08 2018 Read more
  • South Asia Gateway Terminal welcomes ONE service,

    Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) has introduced its new EC5 route calling at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Headquartered in Singapore, Ocean Network Express was established on July 7, 2017 through the integration of 'K' Line, MOL and NYK. It’s new EC5 service was launched on April 23rd at the South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) at the Port of Colombo.

    South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT), is owned by a consortium of local and global companies, including APM Terminals, which holds a 33% share. Opened in 1999,  it was Sri Lanka’s first private terminal. It has seen almost continuous eyar-on-year volume growth and achieved a container throughput of 1.8 million TEUs in 2017.

    ONE service

    New Weekly Service to North America

    ONE’s EC5 service will link Asia to the East Coast of North America, with calls at Laem Chabang, Thailand; Cai Mep, Vietnam; Singapore and Colombo before crossing the Atlantic via the Suez Canal, calling Halifax, Canada; and New York, Savannah, Jacksonville and Norfolk in the US, before returning eastbound with stops at Halifax; Jebel Ali, UAE,and Singapore.

    Transshipment Hub

    The Port of Colombo, with combined throughput of 6.2 million TEUs in 2017, has risen to a ranking of 23rd worldwide, and is a major transhipment port for India, Bangladesh and domestic cargoes, as well as for cargoes in transit from Southeast Asian ports to Europe and North America. Transhipment represents 75% of Colombo’s overall container handling traffic. 

     
    mayo 03 2018 Read more
  • Inland Services Spain: Zaragoza Maritime Terminal continues rapid growth,

    In 2017, Terminal Marítima de Zaragoza (tmZ) increased its handled volume by 20 percent, to around 350,000 TEUs by rail and truck. Over the past five years, the terminal has seen volumes increase by more than 250%. Miguel Duro, Managing Director of the company, points to   the depot’s, “flexible service offering”.

    Following the addition of a railway siding in 2007 a private company was established  ̶  tmZ Depot Services  ̶  to operate the  terminal under a 35-year concession. APM Terminals Spain is a co-founder and holds a 45% stake in the company.

    The depot is a multimodal inland terminal exclusively focused on the maritime container trade. Its unique concept provides customers with the same services offered by a maritime port, including direct links with the main ports in the world and the benefits of a neutral operator.

    It’s customs-bonded warehousing and customs clearance services save clients time and money, and reduce administrative tasks at the port, which leads to greater efficiencies. “Customers also benefit from door-to-door delivery,” says Miguel. “We take away all of the hassle, paperwork and administration for our customers.”

    70% of Spain’s GDP within a 300km radius

    The intermodal rail terminal  is located in Zaragoza, a key industrial area in North East Spain, approximately 300km inland from APM Terminals Barcelona and halfway to Spain’s capital, Madrid. “In addition to being strategically located for international trade, over 20 million inhabitants and 70% of the country’s  GDP lies within a radius of 300km,” adds Miguel.

    Commenting further on the company’s flexibility he continues, “Our volume growth has been accomodated by continuous right-sizing of the depot to align  with customer needs. 2015 saw the addition of two new 550m rail tracks for freight, in addition to expansion of the main railway tracks. With the longest siding of 750m the depot is capable of handling Spain’s longest trains. We have a frequent and direct connection with Spain’s most important route between Barcelona and Madrid - and as a result we handled more than 2,400 trains in 2017, and 84,000 rail container movements.”

    In 2015, 50,000m2 of purpose-built container handling area, including an additional 60 reefer connections were also added to meet high reefer export demand. The depot boasts 6,400 m2 of secure warehousing and offers a complete range of cargo services.

    Refrigerated Container Service

    “In addition to around 20 standard trains per week, our rail operator, APM Terminals Railway Spain, offers four dedicated reefer trains per week between the terminal and the Port of Barcelona, three to four weekly trains to the Port of Bilbao, and a dedicated train to the Port of Valencia,”explains Miguel. On these services, reefer containers are connected to power throughout transportation to guarantee constant temperatures and ensure that there is no disruption in the cold chain during transportation. The terminal also offers regular rail access to the cities of Burgos, Pamplona, Vitoria, Madrid, Azuqueca de Henares and the Port of Algeciras. “Routes and service frequency are flexible, giving us the capability to adapt to market requirements at any given moment,” concludes Miguel.

     
    mayo 02 2018 Read more
  • New Online Image Gallery,

    APM Terminals has introduced a new high-resolution image library, with all the benefits of being hosted on flickr.

     

    Flickr gallery

     

    Please feel free to use these photos from our terminals and inland services as an additional media resource.

       

    The gallery will be regularly updated with new images from throughout the APM Terminals global terminal network and inland services operations. 

     

    Images can be downloaded without a flickr account (so you do not have to sign in).

      

    We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

    mayo 01 2018 Read more
  • New cranes arrive at APM Terminals Elizabeth, The four gantry cranes are designed for operations on today’s largest container vessels.

    Elizabeth, New Jersey USA - APM Terminals Elizabeth took delivery today of four of the newest generation gantry cranes to better serve liner customers deploying larger ships. The cranes reach 23 containers across the vessel beam – equivalent to two thirds the width of a football field – and are part of the facility’s USD $200 million infrastructure investment plan scheduled for completion this year.

    “We are proud to offer our liner customers and landside customers this new service capability, increased productivity and deeper water depth, said APM Terminals North America CEO Wim Lagaay, who noted “The completion of the dredging six months ahead of schedule was made possible by the dedication and proactivity of the Port Authority of NY & NJ working with Federal and State agencies, as well as other stakeholders to secure all the permits and contracts in record time. This will result in more berthing capacity for our liner customers at a time when cargo volumes continue to increase.”

    “The multibillion dollar program to deepen our port channels to 50 feet, coupled with the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, has ensured that our port is ready to handle the biggest ships now calling on the East Coast,” said Port Authority Port Director Molly Campbell.  “The arrival of these new cranes is further evidence that our terminal operators are confident on the port’s bright future and willing to invest in it.”

    The ongoing modernization plan for APM Terminals Elizabeth includes reinforcing berths which have been dredged to 50 feet (15.25 meters) to handle the larger vessels.

    Another key benefit for landside customers will be the new, modernized gate facility for truckers to enter and exit safely and efficiently. The new, inbound gate complex offers 24 lanes fully-equipped with optical character recognition (OCR), radio frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning (GPS) systems to help truckers find containers easier, closed circuit TV (CCTV) for security, and weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales to help truckers do more business every day through shorter turn times at the terminal. The enhanced system and capacity is designed to make American supply chains more competitive for end users and easier to use for truckers.
     
    In 2017, the Port of NY & NJ handled a combined 6.7 million TEUs, with APM Terminals Elizabeth accounting for 1.43 million TEUs, or 21% of the port’s container volume.
    abril 26 2018 Read more
  • 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.

     

    abril 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.

    abril 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. 

     

    abril 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”.

    marzo 26 2018 Read more

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