News Releases

  • APM Terminals Bahrain aims to raise $32m with IPO, APM Terminals Bahrain plans to raise around BHD12m ($32m) through its planned initial public offering (IPO). This is the first IPO for a transport and logistics company in the Kingdom to list on the Bahrain Bourse. The listing forms part of the contractual agreement made when the port opened in 2009.

    APM Terminals Bahrain will offer 18 million shares, equivalent to 20 per cent of its issued share capital, at BHD0.66 per share. The net proceeds will be paid to its current shareholders pro-rata based on their shareholding. APM Terminals currently holds 80% of the shares and the remaining 20% of shares are held by YBA Kanoo Holdings of Bahrain, a leading diversified regional business group. 

    Commenting on the IPO, Mark Hardiman, CEO/Managing Director, APM Terminals Bahrain said, “This is a significant moment for APM Terminals Bahrain as we move forward to launch our IPO, with an opportunity for the local and wider regional community to invest in a successful public-private partnership and Bahrain’s only commercial port.”

    Attractive pricing

    The offer price of BHD 0.660 per share, equates to a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 5.7x 2017’s net earnings of BHD 10.4 million. Commenting on the attractive valuation of the IPO and the market opportunity that APM presents for both local and regional investors, Najla Al Shirawi, the CEO of SICO, the mandated lead manager for the IPO, said: “The much-anticipated public offering of APM Terminals is a proxy on the Kingdom’s growing non-oil economy, it offers investors extremely attractive pricing and a dividend yield of 15.5% on the offer price based on dividends paid in 2017.”

    The offering will start on November 8 and will remain open until November 24. Given the strong investor appetite the company wanted to ensure that retail investors (i.e., those applying for less than 100,000 shares) have equal access to the market opportunity by allocating 30% of the shares to retail investors. Furthermore, retail investors will have a priority allocation for the first 15,000 shares applied for.

    25-year renewable concession


    APM Terminals Bahrain has an exclusive 25-year concession from the Bahrain Government to manage and operate Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP). The concession, which commenced on 1 April 2009, is renewable with mutual consent of the company and the Bahrain Government.

    The concession gives APM Terminals Bahrain exclusive rights to manage all of Bahrain’s container traffic and the majority of its general cargo traffic. It prohibits the Government from building and operating another port facility in Bahrain (other than private jetties or fishing harbours) until 1 April 2024. 
    APM Terminals Bahrain also has exclusive rights to provide marine services (such as pilotage and towage) to KBSP and the old Mina Salman Port (MSP). APM Terminals Bahrain can also provide pilotage services within Khawr Al Qulay’ah, Sitra anchorage and approach channel to all private jetties requiring such services, except for Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard. APM Terminals Bahrain also has non-exclusive rights to provide marine services outside KBSP and MSP, within the territorial waters of Bahrain. 

    The port currently has a container throughput capacity of 1 million TEUs per annum, with utilisation of around 40% in 2017. There is potential to expand to 2.5 million TEUs per annum in the future.

    World-class operations

    Over the past nine years, APM Terminals has contributed towards positioning KBSP as a hub with its world-class operations and logistical solutions, serving both the country and the wider region, in line with the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030. 

    “Being the only commercial port, KBSP, plays a vital role in the economic development of the Kingdom of Bahrain by facilitating smooth trade flows, which has been possible with APM Terminals bringing in the required expertise, competitiveness and operational excellence as per international standards,” said Mark Hardiman.

    “We are excited about the IPO and look forward with confidence to our next stage of growth for APM Terminals Bahrain as a publicly listed company.”

    Future perspective

    While APMT Bahrain continues to focus on its core service offerings within the Bahraini Export/Import segment, it expects to benefit from a number of internal and external initiatives, including ongoing discussions with feeder vessels to service the areas of Upper Gulf region out of KBSP. The port is also keen to develop preferred transhipment access to Upper Gulf states including Iraq and Kuwait.
     
    APM Terminals Bahrain sees an opportunity to secure project cargo imports for a number of planning infrastructure projects in the region, including the modernisation project by the Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C.(c) (BAPCO), the light rail (metro) initiative, the new Bahrain-Saudi causeway, airport expansion and various new industrial projects being streamlined by the Economic Development Board and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

    Together with the tourism authorities, APM Terminals Bahrain will also play a key role in continuing to attract international cruise lines to call at the port and including Bahrain as a destination on their itineraries. This will be part of a broader enhancement to marketing the port with shipping lines and other customers through various marketing channels including road shows, social media, press, customer visits, and participating in trade shows/conferences.
    November 01 2018 Read more
  • Moín Container Terminal receives first vessel,

    APM Terminals’ Moín Container Terminal (MCT) in Costa Rica has been granted permission by the National Council of Concessions (CNC) to start commercial operations at its first deep-sea berth. This is a key step for the terminal, which is on schedule to be fully operational in February 2019.

    The permit, which is subject to meeting all safety and service requirements, will enable the transfer of all commercial container ships currently serviced at Puerto Limón and Puerto Moín to the MCT.  This will take place once APM Terminals delivers the dock´s first phase, which includes two berths and 40 hectares of artificial island due in February 2019.

    National Council of Concessions Authorization

    "The authorization from CNC to start receiving commercial vessels, represents a significant step change in maritime cargo handling logistics in Costa Rica and a huge leap towards improving national competitiveness," said Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moín.

    Since the completion of the mega-port's equipment installation, APM Terminals’ personnel has carried out rigorous training with test ships in order to guarantee safe and efficient operations. As part of the training, a group of operators has also traveled to APM Terminals operations in Brazil, Colombia, Egypt and Morocco to gain first-hand experience of best practices for efficient high-volume terminals.

    The first ship to arrive at the Moín Container Terminal on 27 October was CAP BEATRICE, followed next week by Hamburg Süd’s Polar México containership, with a Nominal Capacity of 3,947 TEU, arriving from Panama. 70% of the cargo loaded onto the ship will consist of bananas and pineapples, from both Del Monte and Fyffes companies, destined for Northern Europe.

    Direct international connections

    "Thanks to the Moín Container Terminal, we will no longer be a port for small boats that require merchandise to be transferred to reach their final destination, but a port that is able to receive today’s largest container ships with direct connections and reliable intermodal links to key markets," Waugh explained. 

    According to the most recent data from the World Economic Forum, Costa Rica ranks today in the 109 out of 140 countries in the global port infrastructure index. However, projections suggest that once the MCT starts operations, Costa Rica will become Latin America’s port leader.

    Starting with this weekly service, the number of ships served will be increased gradually until February 2019, when the project will be completed and the TCM will be officially inaugurated.

     

    October 26 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals to manage terminal in Izmir, commitment to Turkey remains,

    APM Terminals has decided to divest its container terminal in Izmir, Turkey, to its current partner, SOCAR as it is better suited to further develop the terminal. APM Terminals´ commitment to Turkey remains as it will continue to manage the facility, offering high operational standards of reliability, safety, sustainability and customer service.

    A long-term contract, which is still subject to customary approvals, will take effect post-change of ownership, and is expected to be concluded by the end of the year. SOCAR will own the facility while APM Terminals will continue to operate the terminal. The facility will be called Petlim Container Terminal.   

    “APM Terminals and SOCAR have agreed that we will continue to manage the container terminal in the same way as we have done from the beginning. There will be no change in operations nor services,” ensures Leo Huisman, APM Terminals Head of Terminals in Europe.

    The company expects no changes to the employment status of the 310-strong workforce. “This will be the same company as it is now, just with a new owner and a new name. We foresee no job losses,” explains Huisman.

    Customer experiences will also remain unchanged. “As part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, APM Terminals aims to provide great service at any given touchpoint in the supply chain.  APM Terminals will honor all contracts made prior to the transaction. The same principle applies to all contracts of vendors and suppliers,” adds Huisman.

    By continuing to manage the facility, APM Terminals demonstrates its confidence and commitment to the Turkish market as well as to the needs of the regional and global customers.  “We believe that SOCAR is in the best position to further develop the terminal and we are proud to continue the work that we have started in APM Terminals and to maintain our partnership, keeping the facility as the best-in-class in the area.” says Huisman.

    Located in Aliaga, the terminal remains the largest container terminal in Turkey’s Aegean Region, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million Twenty Equivalent Units (TEUs). Maersk Line, SeaLand, Safmarine, Hamburg Süd and other carriers will continue to call at the terminal.

     


    “APM Terminals” İzmir’de bulunan konteyner terminalini mevcut ortağı SOCAR’a devretmek üzere anlaştığını beyan etmektedir. Hisse devri anlaşmasının bir neticesi olarak hatlara ve müşterilere verilen hizmetlerin sürekliliğini sağlamak üzere belirtilen limanın idaresi “APM Terminals” da devam edecektir.

    Satış işlemi yetkili mercilerin onayına tabi olup, işlemin önümüzdeki aylarda sonuçlanması beklenmektedir. Yeni yapıya göre işletme şirketi Petlim’in mülkiyeti tamamen SOCAR’a ait olacak ve “APM Terminals” tarafından yönetilecektir. Petlim Konteyner Limanı olarak adlandırılacak olan liman Aliağa’da bulunmaktadır ve 1,3 Milyon TEU yıllık kapasitesiyle Ege bölgesinin en büyük limanıdır. 

    Faaliyette bulunduğu son iki sene içerisinde “APM Terminals” işlettiği İzmir Aliağa limanını bölgenin en modern konteyner limanı haline getirmiştir. Bölgenin en yüksek iş güvenliği standartları dışında en yüksek rıhtım performansını da yakalayan bu limanın SOCAR tarafından geliştirilmeye devam edileceğine inancımız tamdır.


    October 16 2018 Read more
  • Adidas partners with APM Terminals to meet tighter delivery deadlines,

    Last year, APM Terminals opened the most advanced container terminal in Mexico. Adidas has since moved the bulk of its inbound goods flow to the terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, where automated gates, an efficient on-dock rail facility and a secure gateway to Mexico City support faster cargo delivery. 

    Adidas group HQ main entrance

    Adidas Mexico imports about 90% of its products from Asia, mainly Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, and Pakistan. With plans to deliver 50% of its products to store shelves within 45 days of being manufactured by 2020, Adidas was looking for a supply chain partner capable of meeting these demands. 

    High-level of automation

    Faster customs clearance at APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, the high level of automation and information from the state-of-the-art terminal operating system, played a key role in Adidas’ decision to move the bulk of its inbound cargo flow to the terminal.

    In Mexico, Adidas is the second most popular brand name for athletic and casual footwear and accessories with a 33.6% market share in Q2, 2018. Its Mexican market is served by a single distribution centre in Mexico City where voice guided picking has replaced paper-based processes to speed up picking and reduce human error.

    The company's strategy for 2020 is focused on moving from paper- based and siloed processes to greater digitisation for increased data visibility and improved operational efficiencies. This has already happened with the opening of Speed Factories, highly automated production facilities that quickly manufacture shoes in small batches to respond to changing consumer desires. 

    Reduced risk of theft

    For Adidas Mexico, cargo visibility and cargo security are also top priorities, as well as supporting the fast fashion trend to keep up with customer desires. Cargo security measures taken at the terminal mean there is now less risk of theft of cargo and the advanced levels of customer service support have been very beneficial to Adidas.

    The digital systems at APM Terminals allows Adidas to know exactly when their cargo arrives and where it is, while automated gate and yard facilities allow for faster truck turnaround time to pick up containers for their onward journey to Adidas' distribution centre.

    Real-time updates

    With the automated features that APM Terminals offers, Adidas is able to receive timely information regarding vessel arrivals, shipping notifications and live status updates. The athletic brand can access digital platforms to receive information about container tracking, pick-up appointments and other tasks.

    “We are receiving reports on the time our cargo is in the yard and how many hours or minutes are passing until they release it and with that information, we can improve our performance," Roberto Fernández, Senior Inbound Manager, Adidas Mexico said.

    Same day customs inspection

    Since the customs process typically takes one day - two to three days faster than at other ports, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas has the capacity to carry out same-day inspections for 100% of all import volumes. This capability results in faster release time and eliminates any storage fees for customers.

    To facilitate moving through Mexican customs, Adidas ships containers of apparel and footwear separately because footwear is subject to more strict regulations and may take more time to clear. “It is very important to have this speed, especially for footwear, because we need to meet a lot of compliance requirements and permits," Fernández said.

    The next step will be greater automation to improve visibility and include the customs brokers in the data flow. Adidas also plans to experiment with the intermodal rail service to Mexico City to improve security. 

    October 12 2018 Read more
  • Augmented reality brings safety training to life,

    Using augmented reality to train workers may seem like a science fiction, but for employees at APM Terminals Brazil, it's a reality.

    Augmented reality

    For Global Safety Day this year, employees and contractors took part in an experiment to see if the new and developing technology could be used to teach safety measures across the operation in a campaign titled "Stronger & Safer Together".

    The HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) team at APM Terminals Brazil developed an augmented reality (AR) app for employees, contractors and visitors to download on their phones which provided video and 3D information about risks and safety operations in the terminal and office buildings.

    Smartphone App

    Augmented reality After opening the app, users pointed their phone at stickers placed on a piece of equipment or on the floor or wall of an office building. Then safety information about the location or equipment - such as a reach stacker used to move containers around the terminal - was displayed on the screen, said Gabriel Fiorda Guarnieri, HSE Coordinator for APM Terminals Brazil.

    In the case of the reach stacker, the app provided details of the safe distance to stand away from the machine while it was in operation. An animation showed the range of motion the machine was capable of and how much space it need to carry and stack containers in the yard. Another digital marker on the ground — much like a poster — showed potentially unsafe areas at the entrance to the terminal area. Previously, the operational layout of some areas of the terminal were only available on paper. Now they can be accessed at any time via the AR app.

    Working with a local contractor, the health and safety team developed marketing campaign materials that were accessed via posters and stickers with a graphic design that triggered access to the 3D information and safety training videos. The markers and stickers functioned like QR codes, prompting the phone app to display the requested materials. The AR information was used during the Global Safety Day discussion sessions, meetings, interventions and pre-shift talks. Users could access the animations and videos through their cell phones all day and the system is still in place.

    AR Takes Over Training

    APM has joined organisations such as Boeing, DHL, and the U.S. Marine Corps in adding augmented reality to employee training to improve effectiveness. Market researchers estimate that overall demand for augmented reality will drive market growth from $11.4 billion in 2018 to $60.55 billion by 2023.

    While AR - the practice of combining digital information with real-world interaction - has been in use for some years, it came to large-scale public awareness with the Pokemon Go game that depicts fictional cartoon characters in the environment using a smartphone and tasks players with walking around collecting them as they appear.

    In addition to APM Terminals Brazil, other APM Terminals’ companies have experimented with augmented and virtual reality. At the 2018 Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference, visitors could take a virtual tour of Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles. Also, the Maersk Resolute drilling rig was the subject of a virtual tour for customers.

    Using AR for training builds on the gaming habits of younger workers, and engages older workers in a new environment, writes Jay Samit, vice chairman of Deloitte's Digital Reality practice in Forbes.com. Millions of people of all ages use their smartphones for communications and games, so using the same tools for company training will engage workers in a familiar way.

    Researchers at Accenture have found that using AR for training helps employees perform tasks with a higher degree of accuracy and quality. For APM Terminals, that means users can access the information at any time while they're working in the terminal, allowing them to double check safety procedures on the spot using their phones and the AR safety information. They don't have rely on their memory or return to the office to refer to manuals.

    Users Love AR Training

    On Global Safety Day in APM Terminals Brazil, the app was downloaded more than 1,200 times and it is still being accessed to train port workers, contractors and visitors (anyone who goes to the terminal has to get some level of safety training).

    Guarnieri said users were already familiar with using similar technology, such as Pokémon GO or other games on their own phones, so little training was needed to get employees started. The 3D animation and videos helped users understand and retain the safety procedures that are a part of everyday operations at busy terminals.

    "It was really well accepted because they see they were able to see the movement of the reach stacker and details of specific equipment and the operational layout," he said.

    The AR content was meant to be only part of the activities for Global Safety Day, but it turned out to be the most popular way of receiving safety training.

    "It was planned to be just one way to share a message, and in the end, it was the main activity for the day," Guarnieri said.

    Wider adoption of AR technology

    After the successful test for Global Safety Day, APM Terminals Brazil plans to adopt AR technology for future campaigns.

    "We plan to use it for all safety and environmental training and the platform for internal communication to eliminate printed materials," Guarnieri said. "We're working together with the marketing and internal communication departments to see how far we go with this initiative."

    Having enjoyed the AR content at Global Safety Day, workers in Brazil are now eager to see new content. "Now people are asking us what will be the next step," Guarnieri said.

    In the coming years, APM Terminals plans to take AR to the next level in its training programs and give workers the latest, most accurate information and skills available, when and where they need it most, without putting them at risk.

     

    October 04 2018 Read more
  • APM Terminals launches GC3 initiative, APM Terminals’ new Global Core Competency Centre (GC3) will ensure that the company not only continues to lead in terms of technology, but will proactively re-think how technology can drive company growth.

    The GC3 commenced in July with more than half of its employees already onboard, but launched officially this month in Algeciras, Spain. 

    “The vision is to create an internal technical centre to meet the demands of our business in the areas of Terminal Operating Systems (TOS), Asset Digitization and Workforce Management,” explains Richard Ventre, Global IT Director at APM Terminals. “As this team matures, we will have an unrivalled internal capability around TOS that will reduce our reliance on vendors and allow us to determine the pace we move at.”

    The transport and logistics industry is evolving rapidly, with digitisation and IT taking centre stage when it comes to meeting the requirement of customers and partners. GC3 will employ industry best practices to reduce incident resolution time, the overall number of incidents, and ultimately exceed customer expectations. In other words, it will offer consistent and high-quality IT Support and Services to APM Terminals’ operations.

    Asset Digitisation 

    Over 25 GC3 trainees have commenced the intensive industry and operational trainings as well as application-specific trainings for Terminal Operating Systems, Asset Digitisation (AD), and Workforce Management Systems (WFMS).

    A group of trainees has already visited APM Terminals Salalah for an AD project and are currently planning next visits to APM Terminals Tangier and APM Terminals Gothenburg to assist with the WFMS deployments. 

    End-to-end IT services and solutions 

    GC3 will leverage the expertise of UST Global, a leading provider of end-to-end IT services and solutions for Global 1000 companies. “I am very much looking forward to working with partner UST, to build this Global Core Capability Centre and I am very confident that we will together make a success to the benefit all our terminals,” comments Ralf Weissbeck, Chief Information Officer at APM Terminals. 

    UST Global’s Partner Program complements its existing Centres of Excellence, to develop strategic relationships with best-of-breed organizations to provide UST Global developers with advanced access to innovative technology and educational resources.

    Trainees will be spending extended periods of time at various terminals across the world to gain hands-on experience of the day-to-day operational tasks involved in supporting applications, and finding solutions to how these can be best supported and addressed in the future.

    September 28 2018 Read more
  • Investment at APM Terminals Gothenburg pays off,

    This year has seen record-breaking performance at APM Terminals Gothenburg and the return of major shippers and consignees to the terminal. Progress is set to continue as efficiency increases through automation, including self-service gates and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for rail and truck gates due later this year.


    Over the last year, APM Terminals Gothenburg has implemented a number of concrete initiatives to improve the customer experience. These include maintaining satisfactory and stable production, increasing manpower flexibility to meet customer requests, improved digital customer platforms, and upgraded landside services such as new empty container inspections, improved rail services and self-service at gates.

    Flexibility

    More than 15,000 hours have been spent on training employees to broaden their range of competencies and a complete new casual labour pool has been successfully implemented in partnership with Adecco. This has resulted in a level of operational flexibility that enables APM Terminals Gothenburg to quickly adapt to their customers’ needs.

    “Solid improvements have been made in all of these areas,” says Henrik Kristensen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Gothenburg. “We believe this is the main reason for customers returning to Gothenburg where we offer more cost-effective, direct transport to the largest ports in the world”.

    Setting records

    In July, the Mayview Maersk left APM Terminals Gothenburg, beating all previous records. The terminal handled more than 3,600 moves during a single call.

    Starting this month, Södra Timber's volumes will be shipped via the terminal. These were previously shipped through other ports. Earlier in the year the terminal was entrusted with handling a major part of Cosco Shipping Lines’ freight requirements to and from Sweden.

    As well as new clients, this year, Ocean Network Express (ONE) selected APM Terminals in Gothenburg as its only Swedish container port for its own IBESCO service. The service links Gothenburg with Portugal, and provides feeder volume to and from ONE’s hub in Rotterdam. The service consists of three new ships operating in a 14-day loop.

    Reducing transhipments

    For the medium term, APM Terminals is looking to improve volumes and service levels for rail freight. “Sweden is a large and long country, with large export volumes. To be competitive in both time and cost, rail transfers directly to ocean-going vessels are needed to avoid expensive and time-consuming transhipments,” explains Kristensen.

    In just August and September this year, the terminal saw the return of three rail destinations, Insjön, Gävle and Karlhamn. Together they add 13 weekly shuttles to the biggest rail hub in Scandinavia.

    APM Terminals Gothenburg aims to double the container freight flow on the “Västra Stambanen” lines to and from Gothenburg within 2-3 years. “It will place great demands on all of us in the rail industry,” acknowledges Kristensen, “but will lead to great improvements in efficiency for cargo owners.”

    Increasing the competitiveness of rail

    Referring ongoing discussions with the Swedish Transport Administration's management, Kristensen says, “Knowing when a train will arrive, how much cargo is on board and the order of the load will provide significant benefits to customers and operators. This information is already available. We now need to develop the digital infrastructure to share it and ultimately reduce costs, time and valuable resources. Increasing the competitiveness of the rail is in everyone's interest and also supports our company’s environmental goals.”

     

    September 21 2018 Read more
  • 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.

     

    Geofencing

    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.

     
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