News Releases

  • VGM needs to move from compliance to accuracy,

    Two years since the introduction of VGM regulations, the industry appears to have achieved compliance but, “the accuracy of recorded weights still needs attention.” According to Praful Waghela, Global Product Manager VGM Services at APM Terminals, an additional validation step prior to final loading could help.

    Since July 2016, the verification of a container’s weight (Verified Gross Mass, or VGM) has been a requirement under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). 

    While most of APM Terminals’ facilities are equipped with calibrated and certified facilities to record and transmit accurate VGM to shipping lines, many containers weighed at factories or on the way to terminals fail to comply with local regulations and tolerance levels. “These inaccurate VGMs can lead to serious safety issues if not corrected early in the supply chain,” says Praful Waghela.

    Random VGM checks

    APM Terminals carries out random checks to confirm the VGMs supplied by a third party are within an acceptable tolerance level and corrects them where necessary. However, this means that some containers with inaccurate weights may slip through. “Being unable to rely 100% on the VGM supplied, means that the regulation hasn’t yet achieved is goal,” states Waghela. 

    As part of its continuous improvement process for safety, the company is continually looking to identify areas of risk. In some scenarios identified by APM Terminals inaccurate VGMs have increased risk. “Operators of, for example, deck cranes may be tempted to trust the VGM and override the crane’s overweight load alarm,” explains Waghela. APM Terminals has since made technical and procedural changes for specific crane types. These cranes now automatically shut down pending further investigation if weight limits are exceeded. 

    Changing mindsets

    As this scenario demonstrates, many of the issues related to inaccurate VGMs outline mindset behaviour. To tackle the mindset aspect, APM Terminals has certified trainers who evaluate local crane operators’ skill levels and conduct bi-annual emergency drills for the vessel operations team.

    Over 135 million containers each year are estimated to enter the global supply chain and, even if a small proportion of these have inaccurate weight estimates, it poses a significant safety risk.

    “It is crucial that, all stakeholders across the supply chain are engaged to ensure safe operations and avoid any incidents,” explains Waghela, whose ideal scenario to guarantee 100% accuracy, would be to see all containers weighed using a terminal’s calibrated and certified weighing facilities. “We all have a responsibility to take VGM seriously and have accurate container weight details, to ensure our employees get home safe every day.”


    September 14 2018 Read more
  • Aqaba Container Terminal to host Trans Middle East 2018,

    Furthering its contributions to realizing His Majesty’s vision of transforming Aqaba into a logistical regional hub, Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), operated by APM Terminals, will be hosting the 15th annual Trans Middle East Exhibition and Conference.

    Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT)

    This annual event of organized by the Transport Events and is considered one of the largest and most important annual transport and logistics exhibitions in the region. This year’s event will take place in Aqaba from October 23 to 25 with the valued support Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

    Crucial role for the economy

    Over the years, Aqaba has experienced remarkable growth and has been one of the key drivers of Jordanian economy. The award-wining ACT container terminal is handling close to 900,000TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) per annum with a strong workforce composed of 99.6% national Jordanians and plays a crucial role for the economy, enabling growth and development regionally.  

    The conference will welcome delegations of world-class executives and business leaders, representing more than 300 international companies from the transport and logistics sector at large. This will include an array of industry specialists such as cargo owners, importers and exporters, freight forwarders, logistics specialists, terminal operators, port equipment and service suppliers as well as international financial institutions such as the European Bank of Development and Reconstruction (EBRD) or Agence Française de Developpement (AFD). 

    Most revered experts in the transport and logistics industry such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology Prof. Sheffi, Director of the MIT Center for Transport and Logistics, Wolfgang Lehmacher, World Economic Forum Head of Transport and Logistics industries, Sue Barrett, EBRD Head of Transport sector or Michael Bouari, CEO of 1-Stop will share their views on the strategic need for countries to develop their transport and logistics infrastructure in a manner which is socially and environmentally sustainable, integrated through higher digitalization and ultimately fit to accompany the coming 4th Industrial Revolution.  

    Industry blockchain initiative

    Revolutionary digital platform TradeLens, the open and neutral industry platform underpinned by Blockchain technology and already supported by major industry players and some Port and Customs Authorities of several countries, will be showcased at the conference for the first time in the Levant region.

    Commenting on the occasion, Aqaba Container Terminal CEO Steven Yoogalingam said, “Hosting this year’s Trans Middle East Exhibition and Conference in Aqaba is a great honor. It comes as part of a series of ongoing initiatives that we drive with our strategic partners of ADC and ASEZA, to showcase the unique attributes of Jordan. 

    Levant Logistics Cluster

    We believe Aqaba is ideally located and perfectly equipped to perform as the gateway to a promising future Logistics Cluster for the Levant”.  Yoogalingam also pointed out that the upcoming event will significantly benefit the tourism industry as well as the Jordanian commerce and industries.

    The three-day event is supported by several key sponsors, including the hotel and venue, Intercontinental Aqaba, flight operator Royal Jordanian, tour operator, Discovery Bespoke, Middle East Maritime media partner, Robban Assafina Magazine, and exclusive telecom partner, Orange Jordan.

    September 04 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals uses drones to improve safety and efficiency,

    At APM Terminals' inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, safety supervisors previously monitored activities on the ground. Now the latest technology is enabling their work to be done more effectively and safely. APM Terminals is amongst the first to use drones for security and to drive operational efficiency.

    The drones are clearly visible in the air above the facilities, moving about their various tasks. “Our safety supervisors are the ones tasked with keeping the people and activities at our facilities safe, but by doing their jobs next to container stacks, trucks and other machinery, they were exposed to the highest risks," said Hector Espinoza, director for Latin America at APM Terminals' subsidiary Container Operators S.A..

    Learning from other industries

    “I knew the mining industry was having success with drones for safety, so we started testing it out," he said. Work began in 2016 and since then drones have been used periodically to film the site's operations, monitor traffic flows and container stack efficiency as well as for observing unsafe behaviour, such as truck drivers leaving their cabins. Now operations can be documented and analysed from above, a viewpoint that was previously unavailable.

    Three drones are being operated, one in Santiago and two in the company's larger facility in San Antonio. Safety supervisors are able to focus on workshops and areas with less machine traffic. Other risks, such as high container stacks, are also monitored.

    All visitors to the terminal are required to agree to the facility's safety policies, which outline the rules in force as well as the presence of the drone. Earlier versions of the drone were only equipped with a camera but now each unit has sensors for night-time flying as well as a speaker to communicate directly with people on the ground.



    The drones are guided by geofencing - a route map for flying. The pilot has a live-stream view, so he can make phone calls to the necessary people or even fly in and use the speakers to inform a truck driver that they need to get back into their truck.

    “Since the arrival of the drones, visibility of terminal operations has improved considerably and 'hot spots', such as traffic flow, container stack efficiency and unsafe behaviour can be identified instantly," said Espinoza.

    Rooftop and crane inspections

    The drones can also perform previously dangerous tasks such as rooftop and crane inspections. “Blind-spots between high-density container stacks now are totally visible from a bird's eye view," Espinoza said. The management team in Chile has plans to systematically review all critical tasks using the drone, he said.

    This low-cost initiative to reinforce the company's commitment to safe operations is expected to quickly catch on at other APM Terminals' locations.

    August 30 2018 Read more
  • Flexible storage solution reduces costs and supply chain complexity, A new storage solution is being trialed by APM Terminals. The solution removes the need for customers to store containers or transport them separately when production and port schedules do not match up.

    The company's Maasvlakte II Terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is the first terminal to trial the 'Early Gate In' service. This allows the delivery of containers to the terminal outside of the normal permitted time frames, and therefore removes the need to deliver containers to an inland storage location for temporary storage or to deliver them in separate shipments.

    Delivering straight to the terminal removes the costs and complexity of additional transport between the inland depot and the terminal. And by enabling just one larger delivery between for example the factory and the terminal, economies of scale can be achieved.

    Transparent pricing

    For Early Gate In, the customer pays a simple and transparent per day, per container rate. They will also have just one point of contact at APM Terminals, instead of dealing with multiple locations and transport providers. It also removes any customer uncertainty about whether their products will be shipped on time.
    August 27 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Commences Expansion,

    The arrival of two new Super Quay Cranes at APM Terminals Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, marked the start of a plan to increase capacity by more than 20% by 2019.

    The new cranes are built by the supplier consortium ZPMC/ABB and offer the same functionality as the terminal's existing eight cranes on the deep-sea quay: high-speed, remote-control, double-trolley SQCs with twin and tandem capabilities.

    Once the cranes are operational they will contribute to much needed capacity to help meet customers' growing requirements. After full commissioning the terminal will be able to service two triple-E vessels simultaneously, with 5 Super Quay Cranes each.

    Increased volumes

    The combination of these two additional cranes and continuous efficiency improvements will enable the terminal to increase volumes by more than 20% in 2019. “It is extremely important to our customers to be able to deliver capacity in today's growing market," says Pieter Hartog, Managing Director of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II and Rotterdam.

    Over the coming months, the two cranes will be commissioned and extensively tested in a dedicated area alongside the current commercial operation. This will allow for safe commissioning with negligible disruption to existing operations. “We are very proud of our dedicated staff who will be working with the suppliers to ensure the two new SQCs are commissioned safely," commented Pieter Hartog.

    Before reaching Rotterdam, the cranes had travelled for 60 days aboard the Zhen Hua 24 transport vessel from Shanghai, with a stop-over in Dunkirk.

    Terminal facilities in 2019

    • 1 kilometre of deep-sea quayside
    • With 10 SQC's, remotely controlled, capable of servicing the largest Triple E size vessels
    • 500 meters of Barge quayside, with 3 QC's
    • 800 meters of rail track operated by 2 Rail Cranes
    • 54 Automated Rail Gantry Cranes
    • 72 Lift Automated Guided Vehicles
    • 860,000 m2 terminal area
    August 22 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain,

    APM Terminals Bahrain has launched the 'Lift' portal which allows customers to track and trace their goods, check the status of shipments and vessels and schedule deliveries - 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

    APM Terminals Bahrain

    Real-time data

    Lift works to optimize operations by allowing customers real-time visibility into the status of the cargo in a container facility, enabling them to manage all aspects of the terminal process and improving their business at the same time. The new system is seen as being a major step in the digitization of logistical services.

    Using a user-friendly interface, Lift connects users to the terminal and allows them to access up-to-date data from any device. Appointments for destuffing containers can be scheduled, invoices received and payments made, all online.

    By enabling customers to use these services online, the system eliminates the need for agents to be present in person, saving time and reducing costs. It also creates transparency surrounding the readiness of their shipments which supports improved efficiency for importers.

    The Lift system has been launched by APM Terminals Bahrain, which operates Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), a multi-purpose facility for domestic cargo and cruise traffic and a trans-shipment hub for the growing Gulf shipping market.

    Improving user experience

    The portal was inaugurated by transportation and telecommunications minister Kamal Ahmed during a ceremony at Wyndham Grand Hotel. The minister praised the port operator for introducing advanced digital systems to improve user-experience and operations and for selecting Bahrain as one of two countries globally for the pilot launch of the Lift platform.

    APM Terminals Bahrain managing director Mark Hardiman said new technologies are helping to modernise ports.

    “With supply chains becoming global, technology is having a major impact on improving accessibility and efficiency for the port sector. We are committed to investing in KBSP's digital future to support Bahrain's transportation and logistics sector-growth," he said.

    “By enabling customers to access services online, we are eliminating the need for agents to be present in person, saving time and related costs. The portal also creates real-time visibility of shipments and available slots which helps importers to better plan their business."

    Customer feedback of the new system has been very positive and commercial uptake strong.

    "Lift is a perfect solution for my business as it is not only easy to use and spares the physical effort of travelling to the port, but also provides the much required transparency for my customers on the availability of appointment slots," said Lathish Nair, Managing Director of Samson Freight. Previously administrators would have to visit the terminal twice every day to book and pay for services but Lift has cut this to one trip in the last month.

    Credit card payments improve cash flow

    "With the use of credit card payments, we now benefit from the administration of cash management and get a credit period before payment through the card provider which improves our working capital," said Shehbaz Ameen, senior manager freight at Agility.

    Mondelez, the company behind Oreo cookies and many other brands, is benefiting from "increased visibility and planning upsides through information on Lift which was previously unavailable" according to Jose Llagan, the production and logistics manager at Mondelez International.

    August 14 2018 Read more
  • Eurotainer Appoints APM Terminals as Agent for Argentina,

    Eurotainer US, Inc. has selected APM Terminals Inland Services Argentina as the exclusive agent for the sales and marketing of its tank container leasing services in Argentina.


    APM Terminals serves the Argentinian market through five strategically located Inland Service Depots located in key markets along the full length of the country. The company offers equipment lifecycle management, transportation services and cargo support.

    The company's Puerto Deseaso Depot has an established container sales and leasing business and its depot in Ushuaia is one of the main container repair centers in South America. Continuous training ensures that its personnel are familiar with international repair criteria and the latest technologies. The agreement with Eurotainer is a natural extension of these businesses.

    Established network

    APM Terminals has an experienced sales and customer service team with established connections to the chemical, mining, agriculture, energy, food & beverage industries that make up the largest target markets for Eurotainer. APM Terminals is also the exclusive agent for Eurotainer in Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.

    For the last 35 years, Eurotainer has been a worldwide leader of the tank container leasing industry, servicing a wide range of customers from diverse industries. As the leader in international bulk gas and liquid transportation equipment leasing, Eurotainer offers equipment for liquids, liquefied gas and cryogenic liquid gas in the most optimized, safest, state of the art equipment available.

    Global client base

    The Eurotainer fleet encompasses 30,000 tank containers and small portable tanks in 150 types and sizes. The company's client base is global as is their office network with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

    APM Terminals operates one of the world's most comprehensive port and integrated inland service networks through 76 ports and more than 100 inland terminals. With a team of 22,000 industry professionals, APM Terminals is uniquely positioned to help global customers grow their business and achieve better supply chain efficiency, flexibility and dependability to compete and win in world markets.

    July 25 2018 Read more
  • 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.


    June 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.”

    June 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.

    June 19 2018 Read more