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  • Customers to benefit from Authorized Economic Operator certification in India,

    This month APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd became one of India’s first Inland Service providers to receive the internationally recognized security standard, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) from the World Customs Organization.

    The aim of the AEO program is to prevent unlawful trade across borders and facilitate legitimate trade designates. 

    The AEO certification acknowledges APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd, which operates under the brand APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia, as a 'secure' and 'reliable' trade partner for global supply chains. As such, it can offer higher levels of efficiency and faster export-import services.

    “The certification is a validation of our long-standing values and commitment towards safety and security,” explains Ajit Venkatraman, Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia. 

    “In addition, this internationally recognized security standard enables APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. to provide a distinct competitive edge to our clients by offering world-class facilities, ease of doing business and efficient service deliveries." 

    Customer benefits

    AEO Certification means that the Terminals' customers will experience fewer physical inspections of imported/exported goods, faster release of shipments, preferential treatment by Customs Authorities and deferred payment of duties.

    Previously only applicable to exporters/ importers, the certification has recently been replaced by a single tier certification applicable to Logistics Providers, Custodians or Terminal Operators, Customs Brokers and Warehouse Operators.

     

    junio 26 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade,

    Air pollution continues to rank as the single biggest threat to human health according to the World Health Organisation. Despite this, awareness of the topic remains low, an issue that today’s World Clean Air Day is hoping to address. It’s also an issue that hasn’t gone unnoticed at APM Terminals.

    APM Terminals will release version 2.0 of its ‘Leading Safety’ App this year, for employees at each of its 74 Terminals and more than 100 Inland Service depots. Many of the App’s functions relate to Health, Safety, and Environmental management, including a function to raise awareness about air quality and its impacts.

    Air-quality indicator

    Certain functionality is also available to non-employees, including real-time, local, air-quality data and advice. If local air quality is poor, external truck drivers may be instructed through the App to switch-off their vehicle’s engine whilst queueing to enter the terminal. A maintenance contractor may be advised to limit their time outside.

    The main air pollutants that contribute to air pollution are particulates (microscopic solid or liquid matter), carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ground level ozone. Each one comes from a different source, has different effects on our health, and different chemical behaviours. This is why judging air pollution can be confusing.

    APM Terminals’ Leading Safety App uses an easy to understand, colour-coded Air Quality Index (AQI) developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

     

    The Index translates pollutant concentration measurements into one easy-to-understand scale from 1 - Good (no health risks), to 6 - Hazardous (serious risk of respiratory effects). Exposure times can then be managed transparently based on this information to keep people safe and healthy.


    Bigger impact through global approach


    APM Terminals is at the start of a journey to address air pollution and carbon emissions at a number of its locations. This is being done using electric and hybrid container handling equipment (CHE) and using renewable energy supplies. Examples include, solar installations in Uruguay and India, and electric CHE using 100% renewable energy in Rotterdam.

    “There is a balance to be made,” explains Senior Environmental Advisor at APM Terminals, Ashley Woods “Electrification of diesel equipment can help improve local ambient air quality, but in a country which relies on coal in their energy mix, this will increase CO2 emissions and negatively affect air quality in other areas. When it comes to environmental impacts we need to look at the bigger picture and make the right decisions in the right locations across our portfolio. One size does not fit all.”

    “As a company we’re looking at different scenarios to reduce our emissions of air pollutants and Greenhouse Gas Emissions globally, to ensure our future decisions have the most beneficial impact. While we’re finalising our global approach, raising awareness internally and externally is key to gaining acceptance.”





    junio 20 2018 Read more
  • ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam,

    The logistics surrounding the Port of Rotterdam are daunting. Eight deep sea terminals; 600 barges with 150 different owners; some 150,000 shippers from across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany all relying on the port. The result is a fragmented and complex area - which especially affects the delivery of fresh produce.

    Delivering fresh fruit, vegetables and other goods demands efficient, timely and reliable logistics chains. From the terminals to the importers' distribution centres to the local European consumers, clean lines of delivery are key.

    It was that demand that led APM Terminals Maasvlakte II to develop a 'Cool Port' barge service which makes shipping in an out of the Port of Rotterdam efficient and reliable.

    Daily barge service
    The newly launched barge service is a dedicated daily fixed-time operation from APM Terminals

    operations in Rotterdam and Maasvlakte II to a cold storage warehouse and distribution centre established in the Waalhaven section of the Port of Rotterdam.

    The facility, operated by Holland-based Kloosterboer, enables the more efficient distribution of products. Some 35km from the traffic-congested port area, it is more accessible to trucks carrying the temperature-controlled products to inland wholesalers and their ultimate destinations, the retailers.

    Faster delivery means longer shelf-life
    Containers using this service are now available at the Kloosterboer facility at 6am every day, enabling speedy pick-up and delivery by the port's customers. Less waiting time and better supply chain predictability increases the shelf-life of products.

    “We can be sure that when the containers are discharged from the vessel, we can put them right on the barge. We have everything controlled so we know which containers should be loaded on the barge, so we can be very efficient with that,” said Roy De Haan, Head of Commercial Management at Maasvlakte II.

    This collaboration with Kloosterboer also ensures that many of its customers start using APM Terminals Rotterdam and Maasvlakte II for their cargo. Direct links between the terminals and the Cool Port also enable real-time vessel arrival and container status for planning purposes.

    junio 19 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals offers new gateway to Iraq,

    New pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit, mean that Jordan’s deep-water Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), located on the Red Sea, is now a realistic alternative maritime gateway for Iraq-bound cargo. 

    Containers imported into Iraq will no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border. 

    “The Aqaba Container Terminal has been working hard over the years to develop a competitive gateway to Iraq," says ACT Managing Director Steven Yoogalingam. “This will enhance the already strong Iraqi port system and gives the business communities of both countries a fantastic transportation system to better support economic development in the region."

    Ideally located, the ACT is 550km - or 36 hours by road - from the Iraqi border town of Traibil and 48 hours from Baghdad. This development comes as the volume of Iraqi imports experience rapid growth - 86% last year alone.

    New AR1 service increases capacity

    Last month, the ACT welcomed the maiden call of the new AR1 direct service linking Aqaba in Jordan with ports in China, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. The service is jointly operated by Wan Hai and container shipping group THE Alliance which is made up of Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming (YML) and the Ocean Network Express (ONE). The extra capacity deployed by the lines into Aqaba provides ample space to support the needs of the Iraqi market.

    “We chose Aqaba as the latest addition to our route due to the high potential of the terminal, and its strategic location within the region," said YML Agent Mohannad Al Bataineh. “We are impressed with the advanced technologies and handling procedures available at the Aqaba Container Terminal. This new destination will undoubtedly contribute to the expansion of our routes and operations and we are confident that Aqaba will be another success for our services worldwide."

    Best-in-class performance

    With its deep draft, state-of-art facilities and best in class performance, the ACT has been able to handle ever-increasing vessel sizes - from 5,500 TEU vessels in 2014 to more than 14,500 TEU today. In May, the terminal welcomed its largest vessel on a regular service, the 14,568 TEU COSCO Kilimanjaro deployed on the new Red Sea Export (RES1) service. 

    The terminal handled 804,000 TEUs in 2017, with calls representing the world's ten largest container shipping lines. This represented more than 80% of global container line capacity. This provides the Jordanian and Iraqi business communities with the largest choice of carriers and the widest global access for the supply of goods and materials from overseas as well as to their export markets.

    A container facility at the heart of the Red Sea

    The ACT is a joint venture between ADC, the Jordanian Government's development arm for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, and APM Terminals, which manages the facility. It is the second–busiest container facility on the Red Sea after Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). 

    A terminal expansion project completed in 2013 added 460 meters to the existing quay to create a total length of 1 km and increased the annual container throughput capacity to 1.3 million TEUs. 

    Iraqi imports grew by 86% in 2017 to $36.5 billion - the leading sources being China, Turkey, Iran, South Korea and the United States, with food, medicine and manufactured goods the primary products.

    junio 14 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals Uruguay approaches zero carbon emissions,

    APM Terminals Inland Services Uruguay (also known as Montevideo Port Services SA) switched on 648 solar panels this month, capable of producing 228.6 MWh per year, enough to meet around 80% of the facilities entire annual consumption.

    By switching to their own renewable energy source, Inland Services Uruguay, the largest equipment maintenance and repair provider in the country, will reduce its CO2 emissions by almost 50 tonnes per year*. To put this in perspective, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency it would take around 1,300 seedling trees 10 years to absorb this amount of CO2.

    80% renewable energy
    As a result of the project, which took 45 days to install, around 80% of the facilities total energy consumption will be generated  by solar panels, including container operations such as reefer plugs, Pre-Trip Inspections and repairs.

    “We’re proud to celebrate this milestone, which sets the benchmark for sustainability in Uruguay and sends the right signal to  all our stakeholders about our commitment to tackling climate change,” said Juan Robatto, General Manager of Inland Services  Argentina & Uruguay. “We’re now able to offer our customers a competitive as well as completely green product."

    The company’s values are also shared with its customers. “Hapag Lloyd significantly values that logistics suppliers have  management systems in place to minimize carbon emissions,” said Eduardo Lanaro – Port Operations Coordinator for Hapag  Lloyd. “We appreciate this APM Terminals initiative, which is totally aligned with our values on environmental care.”

      

    To promote this advancement a Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) sticker will be included on all containers to reflect the use of clean energy and include the country’s own “Uruguay Natural” branding.  

    Investing in low-carbon logistics
    This is not APM Terminals first investment of this kind. In 2016, APM Terminals Mumbai installed solar panels capable of producing more than 500 MWh, with plans to continue expanding capacity. This was particularly significant in India where approximately 70% of electrical power is generated by burning fossil fuels.

    “We feel extremely proud to be part of a group with such a strong tradition of caring for the environment and actively taking social responsibility,” commented German Garcia Ghigo – Maersk Uruguay Sales Manager. “APM Terminals in Uruguay is bringing our values to life by propelling clean alternatives such as solar energy.” 


    *Source: International Energy Agency

    junio 05 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals recognized for port infrastructure development,

    This week at the 2018 Lloyd’s List Americas Awards, APM Terminals took home the ‘Port Infrastructure Development of the Year’ award. The award recognises outstanding port infrastructure investment, which drives economic and social change in the Americas and improves environmental surroundings. 

    During 2017, APM Terminals made substantial infrastructure investments throughout the Americas, which helped support trade growth, workplace safety and larger vessels. Judges looked for proven examples of innovation, efficiency and profitability of infrastructure investments. Special attention was given to projects that improve the living standards of local populations through access to improved employment opportunities, business opportunities and trade. 

    In April 2017 APM Terminals opened the most advanced container terminal in Latin America, APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas, a semi-automated deep-water facility representing an investment of $900 million, with an annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million TEUs.


    APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas one year anniversary in April 2018

    Sustainable infrastructure development
    Phase I of the construction included 750 meters of quay, which can accommodate two 350-metre vessels of up to 15,000 TEU capacity simultaneously. The terminal is equipped with five Super-PostPanamax Cranes with a 23-container reach and on-dock rail access. The terminal is directly linked to the national rail systems of Mexico and the USA for efficient and environmentally friendly inter-modal container movements inland. The terminal handled 345,000 TEUs in 2017. 

    “This was part of more than $1 billion worth of investment in the Americas during 2017, which will continue to support local economies and international trade for many years to come,” said Mogens Larson, Head of APM Terminals Latin America Portfolio. “Our investment in the Americas has not only made these terminals some of the most environmentally friendly in the world, but also the most efficient.”

    In June, APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama also completed a 20-acre expansion, and took delivery of two new Super Post-Panamax STS cranes. The cranes represent an investment of $13 million each and can accommodate vessels of up to 14,000 TEU capacity. 

       

    Stimulating local economies
    The completion of the $47.5 million Phase II project has increased APM Terminals Mobile’s annual throughput capacity to 500,000 TEUs, and has been instrumental in the selection of Alabama by the Wal-Mart Corporation for the construction of a new regional distribution center 15 miles from the port which will open this year. The terminal handled 313,000 TEUs in 2017.

    APM Terminals Callao took delivery of $10 million worth of new general cargo handling equipment at Peru’s busiest port, which handles 70% of all Peru’s general cargo shipments. The first equipment delivery, in June 2017 included eight scoops for dry bulk cargo unloading, six hydraulic hoppers, three excavators, two front loaders, six skit steers and 10 forklifts. 

    Eco-technologies
    The second delivery included three Eco Hoppers, the first of their kind in Peru, which will increase productivity, and enable the handling of very dusty products in an environmentally sustainable manner. Able to capture and extract the dust generated during cargo handling, the Eco Hoppers also provide a safe and clean work environment. The facility handled 963,000 TEUs in 2017, along with 5.8 million metric tons of bulk cargo.

    mayo 31 2018 Read more
  • Second delivery of cranes arrives in Moin,

    With this latest delivery of cranes, APM Terminals Moin remains on schedule for completion in February 2019, when it is expected to raise commerce in Costa Rica by 23% according to Qbis Socioeconomic Impact Study. 

    This second delivery of Ship-to-Shore and Electric Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (ERTGs) to APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica brings the total on site to six and 23 respectively. The commissioning of the equipment was completed this week.


     

    “APM Terminals Moin is proud to celebrate this milestone, which puts Costa Rica on the logistics map and sends the right signal to stakeholders about our commitment to the country´s trade,” said Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin.

    Topping the connectivity ranking

    “These cranes represent a significant improvement in the competitiveness of the nation. They will boost the economy, moving it from the 139th to the number one position in the region, according to the World Bank connectivity ranking.”

    As part of a $1 billion investment, APM Terminals has built an island in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Costa Rica. It is strategically located to promote trade and operate as a hub. This 100% owned greenfield development is part of the 30 years concession to operate the terminal. The current phase, due for completion in February 2019 is the second of three phases. 

    Developing talent

    The company is currently recruiting and training local talent through different programs in the community. To date, more than 200 employees have been recruited. They are being trained in a new Training Centre in Limon.

    “Our partnership with the National Learning Institute has been key to recruiting and certifying the right talent,” explained Lisbeth Thomas, Head of Human Resources at APM Terminals Moin. “So far, this includes three female crane operators who have demonstrated a high level of skill.”

     

    mayo 28 2018 Read more
  • Italy’s first, fully-automated gantry cranes reach Vado Ligure,

    Italy’s first ARMG (Automated rail mounted gantry cranes) have reached APM Terminals Vado Ligure. These will be used in the new Container Terminal due for completion in 2019. The long journey to Italy started in China in January and included stops in South Africa and the UK.

    These six cranes are the first of 21 cranes to be delivered. These fully automated Gantry Cranes are the most technologically advanced in the terminal. In addition to their considerable size (they can handle up to six stacked containers), they are operated remotely by highly specialised operators who work from a control room, which is currently under construction.  

    Compared to standard specifications, APM Terminals requested around 20% customisation to meet its specific requirements. The cranes will move lengthways along 600-metre long rails.

    No other port operator in Italy uses this kind of crane. And even within Europe, they are rare. Worldwide, fully automated port terminals have only started to appear over the last three to four years. 

     

    Combination of technology and a skilled workforce
    “This is another key step towards the completion of the new Vado Ligure Terminal, a facility where human resources and the latest technology combine to ensure an effective, safe and environmentally friendly service for international markets,” says APM Terminals S.p.A. Managing Director, Paolo Cornetto.

    Human intervention will, of course, still be fundamental: other than monitoring and coordinating the cranes movements, teams of operators will deal with periodical maintenance which is a fundamental activity. For these highly specialised professional operators, APM Terminals has implemented training courses which will start in the next months. 

    Unloading of the six cranes in the port of Vado took operators around 10 days. Routine testing will now follow. APM Terminals is making considerable progress with its platforms and processes to maximise output from these cranes and achieve related energy savings.

    Three kinds of cranes will operate at the terminal:

    • “Straddle carriers”, already on site, intended for the horizontal handling of containers, from the port quay to the yard and vice versa
    • “ARMG” cranes, for the handling of containers within the yard 
    • Ship to shore cranes, for the loading and unloading of containers from the vessel to the port quay and vice versa

    Straddle carriers and ship to shore cranes will be operated by operators on board.

    mayo 21 2018 Read more
  • 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
  • APM Terminals reports strong performance in Q1 2018,

    APM Terminals won a total of 13 new contracts while four contracts were terminated during Q1 2018 with a positive net volume impact of 0.5m moves or approximately 3% increase versus Q1 2017.

    The financial strong performance was driven by a volume growth on an equity-weighted basis of 9.3%, like-for-like 6.9%, of which volume growth with external customers was 5.7% while growth with Ocean was 9.8%. Estimated global port throughput growth was 4.6% (Drewry). Divestment of 5% shareholding in the Paranagua terminal, Brazil was completed with a gain of USD 11m.

    Full details available in the Maersk Q1 results segment review (pdf)

    mayo 17 2018 Read more

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