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  • Port of Tema expansion on schedule for June inauguration, All 7 ship-to-shore and 20 RTG ultra-modern gantry cranes have arrived for installation in the Port of Tema, Ghana. These are one of the final pieces of a $1.0bn investment by APM Terminals and its partners in Meridian Port Services (MPS), Bolloré Africa Logistics and Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority. With crane commissioning and operator training now taking place, the Port is on schedule to open on June 28 this year. 

    The breakwater and access channel, able to accommodate the world's largest container ships, and the first 2 deep-water berths are expected to be able to receive commercial vessels by the end of June 2019. Port infrastructure for receiving and delivering containers from/to shippers and consignees will also be ready. The third new berth will be operational in the first quarter of 2020, ahead of the scheduled completion in June 2020. A fourth berth will follow bringing the quay length to 1,400 m.

    Most advanced in the world

    The 7 new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes are not only some of the largest Ship-to-Shore cranes in the world, but also amongst the most advanced.  Standing at a towering height of 89 meters, and 134 meters high with the boom raised, this is equivalent to 40-50 story building. They offer a 50.8m lift height (above rail) and a 66-meter outreach capable of handling containers on board vessels up to 23 rows, and over 10 on deck. They have a maximum lift of 65 Ton (Twin Lift).

    The Port has also taken delivery of a fleet of 20 eRTG (Electric Rubber Tyre Gantries) capable of stacking containers 7 wide and 1 over 5 high in the container yards. The cranes are electrically powered instead of using diesel generators, contributing to an improvement in the environment.

    This massive infrastructure project is being managed by Meridian Port Services, a joint venture between APM Terminals (35%) Bolloré Africa Logistics (35%) and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (30%). 

    Supporting economic growth

    The existing container facility, operated by MPS since 2007, has reached maximum capacity. Tema’s new world-class port infrastructure will support the country's economic growth, providing 3.5 million TEUs in annual throughput capacity when fully built out. More than 5,000 jobs have been created as a result of the project.

    African Hub

    This new gigantic Port Infrastructure will be able to accommodate Ghana’s trade & industry growth as well as serving as the regional hub for West Africa and beyond. Expanding the port using superior infrastructure and modern, advanced technology will allow Ghanaian companies to compete for business in the most cost-effective way.

    MPS’s terminal efficiency, accessibility, variety of shipping lines, frequency of vessel calls, fast vessel turnaround time, high port capacity and berth availability are the optimal criteria for making Tema Port, The Hub Port for Africa.

    Having a Hub Port in Tema will steer Ghana Industry to be connected to the wider West Africa consumer markets in a more efficient way (direct services or shorter transit time and competitive sea freight rates). This is an important facilitation to the economy; attract investment in the trade & industry sectors to setup facilities/factories round Tema Port leading to job creation, increased trade and higher foreign exchange earnings.
    March 05 2019 Read more
  • New Moín reefer hub connects Costa Rica with Europe and Asia,

    Costa Rica made its way onto the world port map. The inauguration of APM Terminals Moín today will enable products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and Asian markets without transshipment. The Terminal will also move Costa Rica to number 1 for connectivity, out of 139 countries ranked by the World Economic Forum.

    "At APM Terminals we partner with governments to become the best port operator in the world and Moín is a great example. Without any doubt, we are inaugurating today a new era in international and intra-regional trade in Central America,” said Morten H. Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.  

    The project represents a total investment of USD 1 billion and is built on a 40-hectare artificial island. The terminal has a 650-meter long pier and a container yard with the capacity to hold 26,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units), including power connection capacity for 3,800 refrigerated containers. Refrigeration is essential as Costa Rica is currently the world’s largest exporter of pineapples and third largest exporter of bananas.   

     “One of the goals of the Costa Rican Government is the job creation with a territoriality approach and, with this project that we are inaugurating today, the conditions of competitiveness and economic reactivation are being created for the province of Limón and also for the entire country, ” said Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica. 



    Impact on the economy  

    Moín starts operations with 650 employees, mostly trained thanks to an agreement with the National Institute of Learning (INA in Spanish). A socioeconomic impact study, validated by the Central American Academy, highlights that the greatest potential lies in the generation of 147 thousand indirect jobs in the following decade nationwide. 

    APM Terminals will also make a contribution, with 7.5% of their net income being paid to the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Caribbean (Japdeva, in Spanish). This will equate to approximate USD 20 million on an annual basis. 

     “We are proud that the country has trusted APM Terminals with the mission of developing and operating this amazing port. A concession that also brings socioeconomic opportunities to the community, the country and the region,” said Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin. 

    The region will attract a very high percentage of the ships that transit through the Panama Canal. The number of shipping routes that reach the Moín Container Terminal is projected to increase by as much as 285 percent. 

    Cutting-edge technologies 

    In alignment with the company's strong commitment to safety and security, the Terminal has the most modern scanner in Latin America for cargo inspections.  

    The six gantry cranes and the 29-yard cranes represent a USD 110 million investment and will allow the terminal to continuously perform an average of 180 movements per hour for loading and unloading.  
    These efficiency standards will significantly reduce vessel service times from 40 hours (average time in other docks) to just 15 hours. 

    APM Terminals trained a key team of operators and technicians at some of its other terminals with high container traffic in Egypt, Brazil and Morocco.

     
    February 28 2019 Read more
  • Industry-leading logistics for solar energy in India’s hinterland,

    APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia is helping set up solar power plants in deep pockets of India. The company is providing tailor-made logistics solutions to help overcome transport, technical and procedural challenges.


    The company is now offering a new end-to-end solution for major solar projects, which includes receiving cargo at the sea-port, facilitating customs inspection and clearance, multi-modal transportation to reach these isolated areas and destuffing at the site.

    “Back in 2015, solar power was just beginning to catch everybody's attention and imports from China were picking up at a tremendous pace. To date, we have handled more than 15 large projects from most of the leading solar players, covering over 10,500 acres of land," said Ajit Venkataraman, MD, APM Terminals Inland Services, South Asia.

    "We realised that the solar sector players needed a trusted logistics partner capable of understanding and addressing business complexities. We then developed tailor-made solutions that relieved the customer from hassle, technicalities and legalities."

    Specialised equipment

    Previously, the destuffing of solar panels was a delicate and tedious process but special equipment used at APM Terminals means it is now a much easier affair. This gives APM Terminals more control in the supply chain and allows for more reliability and customisation. This has resulted in the company becoming the front runner for large solar developers.

    India aims to have 100 GW of solar energy capacity by 2022 and has been working towards achieving this goal in recent years - a challenging task which aims to get four times the current installed solar capacity.

    At present, the country imports more than 80% of its solar panels, mostly from China. In order to reduce costs and make deadlines, it is crucial to guarantee that the transportation goes as smoothly as possible, both at sea, and across the hinterlands of India - a journey which is not just long, but also difficult and requiring the right expertise.

    Crossing deserts

    "It is about reaching the destination, especially when there are no or bad roads. For instance, one of the recent installation sites is in Rajasthan across the Thar desert," said Venkataraman.

    Removing the risk of penalties

    All solar projects in India are government tenders, and timely completion is extremely critical. If not delivered in time, it can lead to major penalties. Prior to the new initiative, solar operators had to work on smaller projects and coordinate with multiple stakeholders. It was difficult to find a reliable one-stop solution or contact who could take care of the entire requirement. This requirement is now being addressed.

    APM Terminals Inland Services has made solar deliveries across states like Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, other regions in Central India and even over the Thar desert. These deliveries have been taken and solar panels handled from the ports of Chennai, Mundra, Vizag and Krishnapatnam.

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    February 26 2019 Read more
  • APM Terminals Barcelona increases reefer capacity and reduces CO2 emissions ,

    In response to rapidly growing customer demand, APM Terminals Barcelona, Spain has increased reefer capacity by 31%. The electrical capacity of the terminal has also been improved, leading to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per annum.

    An additional 152 reefer plugs have been added at the terminal, raising the total to 677. New reefer racks enable reefers to be stacked up to 4 containers high, compared with 3 on current racks. The modern design also improves safety for employees carrying out repairs and maintenance.

    The new reefer racks, are connected to the central power supply, which has been increased by investment in an additional indoor substation. This means that over-capacity reefers no longer need to rely on diesel gensets, leading to a reduction of around 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Connecting to the electricity supply network also reduces localised pollution in the terminal environment.

    APM Reefer 

    Reducing environmental impact
    As part of a broader Port of Barcelona’s programme for alternative fuel use, APM Terminals is also working with LNG services provider HAM, technology provider IDIADA and Naturgy Iberia, on a pilot to convert an existing straddle carrier to natural gas. Natural gas burns a lot more cleanly and efficiently than diesel. The straddle carrier’s two 150 kW diesel-based motor engines are currently being converted to natural gas while maintaining the same level of performance. The pilot is scheduled for October this year.

    APM Terminals Barcelona has a capacity of 1.6 million TEUs per year. The terminals uses a modern wireless network to provide real-time data on all the details of a container’s itinerary, from the moment it is unloaded off a ship to being despatched from the port (or vice versa). This ensures the procedure is as quick and efficient as possible. Customers can track progress via an online customer platform. 

    The terminal also has its own on-dock rail connection, immediate access to the motorway network and automated gate access for optimum intermodal efficiency. The Terminal provides direct access to a large hinterland.

    February 22 2019 Read more
  • APM Terminals helps streamline global fruit company’s logistics,

    APM Terminals Inland Services in Costa Rica has worked closely with one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of tropical fruit. Among other things, the solution has helped optimize the flow of containers to fruit plantations on the Caribbean coast, increase efficiency and lower reefer inventory.


    With a large number of refrigerated containers (reefers) being shipped to global markets by Costa Rican tropical fruit exporters, the challenge is finding a cost-effective way of getting them back to the farmer to start their cycle again. 

    Many of the reefer containers are shipped back as non-operating reefers (NORs). By switching off the refrigeration, reefers can be used to import dry cargo destined for Costa Rica’s main consumer markets near the capital San Jose, located four hours away from the port in Limon. Although cost effective, this brings the additional challenge of returning containers from San Jose to the fruit plantations around Limon.

    APM Terminals Inland Services, operating under the brand RADA in Costa Rica identified a solution to streamline this logistics process for one of the world’s largest producers of tropical fruit. 

    As the fruit company’s depot in Limon was only designed to serve the export of tropical fruit, once NOR-freight arrived in the Port of Limon, the dry cargo was trucked to a customs bonded warehouse in San Jose for customs clearance, and then on to the final consignee. They then returned to pick up the empty container after stripping and returned it to their depot in Limon for washing and pre-trip inspection (PTI), before bringing the empty container to the farmer. 

    Improved logistics process

    By examining operational processes and pain points in the tropical fruit supply chain, APM Terminals identified that logistics processes could be improved by using RADA’s container depot in Santa Rosa de Heredia, close to San Jose.

    The fruit company now drops loaded NORs at the bonded warehouse near to San Jose. From there, RADA’s trucking team takes over all transport logistics, container washing and PTI. On their way back to Limon, the fruit company simply collects an empty container from RADA’s depot and returns it directly to plantations near Limon. 

    The import supply chain process and truck turnaround have benefited from considerable streamlining. In addition, RADA holds a stock of reefers ready to be used for export, so that it always clear where the reefer containers are located. This has helped the fruit company reduce transport costs, container imbalances, and reefer inventory requirements. 

    More efficient, less expensive

    “Hinterland logistics is a distinct part of the value proposition of shippers and should not be dealt with in isolation from the overall supply chain,” said Dries van Dongen, Global Head of Landside Customers and Inland Services, APM Terminals. “Our team in Costa Rica found an effective and efficient way to collaborate with a global player in the tropical fruits industry. This confirms the unique position of our Inland Services locations as they are perfectly equipped to realize supply chain benefits for customers.” 

    “This solution for one of the world’s largest tropical fruit company is testament to RADA’s customer-centric approach. Our team stands ready to work with import and export companies to look at their unique challenges and align resources, systems and capabilities to best serve and fulfill the specific needs of the customer”, said Mario Vargas, Sales Manager Logistics Services, RADA.

    February 20 2019 Read more
  • APM Terminals Ecuador improves efficiency and reduces complexity,

    Increasing global trade over the past few years has not been without its challenges for the logistics industry. Rapid increases in volumes in some markets - such us Ecuador - has led to inefficiencies and increased complexity. 

    APM Terminals Inland Services Ecuador is one of several APM Terminals’ facilities that has been proactively addressing such issues. Unpredictable gate turnaround times for truckers, for example, is not only an inefficient use of time, but was having a serious impact on banana exports in Ecuador. If fruit isn’t stuffed into the container on time, the quality of the produce suffers.

    Truck appointment system


    The solution at APM Terminals Inland Services Ecuador, was the introduction of an accurate and reliable Truck Appointment System (TAS). This approach has already proved itself at other APM Terminals’ facilities, including neighbouring Peru. The system allows for much better co-ordination of arrivals and departures leading to significantly shorter wait times for trucks.

    The system now allows truck arrivals at the facility to be spread evenly throughout the day with a truck turnaround time of just 45 minutes. Containers are arriving faster, reducing the risk of produce damage and truckers are improving their fleet utilisation.

    Improved yard planning


    "The visibility provided by the system also results in better yard planning, as there are a fixed maximum number of appointments per shift and we know in advance when the 'busy' periods will be. We are able to assign resources - equipment, people - in a more efficient way without sacrificing service," says Fohodil Galeas, general manager at APM Terminals Inland Services Ecuador.

    The web-based system can be easily accessed via smartphone, tablet or computer. Customers register once to get a user ID and password and are then able to book appointments. They input booking details provided by the shipping line, which are then validated with the terminal operating system to see whether the booking exists and checks if there are containers still pending to be dispatched for that booking. If those conditions are met, then the customer can see available time slots and chose the most convenient for them.

    Appointments can be changed or cancelled up to two hours prior to the original appointment. To accommodate unavoidable delays, a flexibility of 30 minutes either side of the appointment is built in.

    Plans are also in the pipeline to enable online payments for customers with no credit line. 

    Inland trucking service

    APM Terminals in Ecuador recently achieved a significant milestone in providing end-to-end solutions for clients, with the addition of an inland trucking service. The service is currently open to customers that have import or export activity with Maersk or Sealand. 

    Bookings can be made via Maersk's sales team. This means that customers have just one point of contact for ocean and land transport, and the rest of the coordination is taken care of by the local teams.

    February 18 2019 Read more
  • APM Terminals to jointly develop greenfield terminal in Bangkok,

    APM Terminals has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar to develop a 345,000 TEU capacity greenfield container terminal in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok River Terminal Limited (BRT) will accommodate Thailand’s rapidly-growing containerized import and export trade.

    Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT), Thailand’s leading container terminal and logistics company formed a Joint Venture with Mitr Phol Sugar to develop this Container Terminal in October 2018. With over 35-years’ experience in Thailand with container operations in Lat Krabang and Laem Chabang, APM Terminals’ participation will further strengthen the joint venture. Completion of the transaction is subject to receiving applicable regulatory approvals and licenses. 

    “In October 2018, PORT and Mitr Phol established a new company named Bangkok River Terminal Limited (BRT) to study the investment, and to apply for the BOI supporting scheme,” explains Ms. Sauwakun Karuchit, CEO of Sahathai Terminal. “BRT strongly believes that APM Terminals’ rich experience in leading and setting up world-class terminals globally will be crucial to this project’s success.”

    BRT 
    (left to righ) Mrs. Sauwakun Karuchit, CEO Sahathai Terminal PCL.; Mr. Krisda Monthienvichienchai, Vice Chairman of The Executive Committee of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Ltd.; Mr. Wichit Rattanasirivilai, Chairman of Executive Committee of Sahathai Terminal PCL; Mr. Maarten Degryse, Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services Thailand; Mr. Verajet Vongkusolkit, CEO of Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Ltd.

    “We are pleased to partner in the development of the Bangkok River Port Terminal and further look forward to working with Sahathai and Mitr Phol and operating the same. Once developed, we expect the terminal to play a critical role in lifting trade for Thailand. It will not only deliver higher reliability for global customers, but also enable more efficient multi-modal transportation options for Thai shippers, thereby delivering ease of doing business and growing Thailand’s economy.” said Maarten Degryse, Managing Director, APM Terminals Inland Services, Thailand. 

    “Mitr Phol believes that the agreement signed this month provides a significant shift for Thailand’s container shipping business, which increases by around 6-7% annually,” said Verajet Vongkusolkit, Chief of Executive Officer of Thai Sugar, Energy and New Business Group, Mitr Phol Group.



    Notes for the Editor

    About APM Terminals
    APM Terminals operates one of the world’s most comprehensive port and integrated inland service networks. It services the trade through a team of 22,000 industry professionals across a network of 76 ports and over 100 inland services locations globally. It is a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk - world’s leading integrated container logistics company, APM Terminals has been servicing the export import and domestic trade through integrated container logistics solutions over the last 70 years. 

    More information at www.apmterminals.com

    About Sahathai Terminal (PORT)
    Sahathai Terminal (PORT) is one of the leading private terminal in Thailand that provides the services ranged from 1) Commercial Vessel Terminal for International Feeder and Coastal Barge including the CFS and Container Depot Services. 2) Container inland transport services in Bangkok and perimeter region including Laemchabang. 3) Container and Cargo storage, which PORT provides warehouses for both general cargo and Free Zone Warehouse. The clients compose of various business industries including the world leading luxury car maker and the world leading e-commerce. 4) Other related services for instant the freight forwarding business.

    More information at www.sahathaiterminal.com

    About Mitr Phol Group
    Mitr Phol Group is the world’s third largest and Thailand’s largest sugar producer with 16 sugar mills, 8 power plants and 4 ethanol distilleries, contracting 143,000 farmers across Thailand, Laos, China and Australia. It is also Asia’s largest bio-energy producer and has a business in wood substitute materials, fertilizers and agriculture-related logistics. For logistics business, Mitr Phol Group has two commodities terminals in Thailand. Both terminals export 3.3 million tons of sugar, or around 36% market share of the Thai sugar export.

    More information on Mitr Phol can be found at www.mitrphol.com 
     
    January 31 2019 Read more
  • Yard management achieves new levels of efficiency at SCCT,

    Fine tuning the Navis N4 Expert Decking Module, the system which automates yard planning, has resulted in major efficiencies in yard and quay operations at APM Terminals' Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), Port Said, Egypt. 

    The system is used to automate planning by distributing containers throughout the yard based on predefined rules. Typically yard planning is extremely time-consuming, costly and inaccurate. The Navis system aims to optimise the storage of containers in the most efficient manner, leaving more time for users to manage the yard.

    At the SCCT, staff focused on dwell times for transhipment containers. Each container was examined, the dwell time assessed and a class was then assigned. Containers with shorter dwell times were assigned a yard lane closer to the berth.

    Time, energy and financial savings

    This approach resulted in quay cranes being utilised more efficiently and trucks travelling shorter distances. Savings in equipment running costs, maintenance & repair, and staffing were also achieved. Following piloting and testing, it was then rolled out across the yard over a 20-week period.

    N4 Expert Decking assesses yards in real-time, taking container volumes and stack configurations into account. But the system is only as effective as the terminal-specific business rules that are established to determine the most efficient stacking of import, export and empty containers.

    Global best-practise sharing

    The new efficiencies achieved by the SCCT are the latest in a series of continuous improvement. The terminal has become a hub for excellence in training within APM Terminals and the staff are recognised as being eager to share their knowledge with colleagues across the rest of the company.

    Last year, nine personnel from APM Terminals’ new Moin Container Terminal in Costa Rica and four from its MedPort Tangier Terminal recently travelled to Egypt to attend operational and technical training programs. The training enabled SCCT to share the best practices it has established. This type of initiative has become a frequent feature of APM Terminals' commitment to learning across the organisation.

    By designing and hosting these training programs, SCCT employees demonstrate the expertise that makes them such able partners. “The training program that SCCT provided to our team helped to develop excellent knowledge and skills. As our country, Costa Rica, doesn't have a mature port industry, the experience provided was crucial in the training and development of our professionals," said Fabian Calvo Bernard, training coordinator for APM Terminals Moin.

    January 30 2019 Read more
  • APM Terminals increases rail connectivity for its terminals,

    The recent introduction of new rail connections between a number of deep-sea terminals and the hinterland is making the transfer of goods faster and more secure, while reducing environmental impact.

    APM Terminals Pipavav, one of India's leading multipurpose ports, launched a rail connection to its Kanpur Inland Container at the end of 2018, giving customers the opportunity to connect more efficiently to the gateway port.

    The new connection was aptly named the 'Polymer Express' as the first train on the route was carrying 90 TEUs of polymer for Gail, the natural gas transmission company.

    APM Terminals Pipavav

    Safer for hazardous goods

    APM Terminals Pipavav is one of India's leading gateway ports for containers and liquid and dry bulk cargoes, serving customers in the state of Gujarat with road and rail networks to India's hinterland and northwest.

    “This new connection will help exporters and importers to move their cargo faster and more safely using an environmentally friendly mode of transport," said Keld Pedersen, managing director at APM Terminals Pipavav.

    This follows another recent connection in Italy, where new routes to the north from the port of Vado Ligure, have been resumed.

    Reduced transport time for perishable goods


    Vado Ligure is a large Mediterranean port that specialises in handling fresh fruit and vegetables, so rapid transit is essential. The new trains from the terminal travel to Rivalta Scrivia where the Rail Hub Europe SpA is based. This is a strategic hub for Norther Italy’s logistics system.

    In this first phase the trains are using lowered carriages, suitable for loading extra tall "high-cube" containers, which provide extra volume.

    These recent additions build on further expansions made last year in Mexico and Sweden.

    APM Terminals Gothenburg saw the return of three rail destinations in 2018 - Insjön, Gävle and Karlhamn - increasing the number of routes to Scandinavia’s biggest rail hub to 13.

    Cost effective

    APM Terminals Gothenburg 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,” said Henrik Kristensen, managing director of APM Terminals Gothenburg.
    APM Terminals Gothenburg aims to double the container freight flow on the 'Västra Stambanan' lines to and from Gothenburg within three years. “It will place great demands on all of us in the rail industry but will lead to great improvements in efficiency for cargo owners," said Kristensen.

    Improved security


    Meanwhile in the Americas, a new block-train service from APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, is helping avoid congestion and delays commonly associated with other west-coast ports, to reach hinterland destinations in the US and Mexico. Not only is the service faster, but it’s also proven to be much more secure than transport by truck.

    Since the terminal opened last year, there has been an increase in eight vessel services calling each week. The terminal provides the shortest distance and lowest intermodal cost to Mexico City. As Latin America's first semi-automated terminal, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas operates around the clock using the latest technology to offer real-time information, no congestion and swift turnaround times.

     

    January 25 2019 Read more
  • Vietnam receives largest ever container vessel,

    Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) handled the largest container vessel to ever call a Vietnamese port this month. The CMA CGM Marco Polo called at the terminal on January 11, 2019 as part of its FAL 3 Asia to Europe Trade Service.

    Important guests, including senior government officials will attended the vessel maiden call’s celebrations jointly organised by CMIT and CMA CGM at the Cai Mep terminal in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province.

    CMIT is a deep-sea container terminal and market leader for global ocean carriers serving the South Vietnamese economy. Since 2018, CMIT operates with a license to handle container vessels up to 194,000 DWT which means the largest vessels currently sailing the world’s oceans. Vessels are operated efficiently using the latest technology and development in Container Handling Equipment and IT systems capable of handling ultra large container vessels with thousands of container moves per single call.

    CMIT is a joint venture between APM Terminals, Vinalines and Saigon Port and started operations in Cai Mep in 2011. Since its commencement, CMIT has proven a valuable partner to the largest container carriers, such as CMA CGM, connecting South Vietnam import and export to the global markets.

    CMIT feels honored to be given the sole trust to handle the CMA CGM Marco Polo. It’s a significant size vessel, the largest CMIT has ever handled, and we are privileged to have the confidence from the Ocean Alliance and CMA CGM to undertake the responsibility to operate this vessel safely, efficiently and quickly at our world class container terminal,” said Jan Bandstra, CMIT General Director.

    “As a key industry player, CMA CGM is fully mobilized to support Vietnam on its impressive path to rapid economic growth and will help shape its logistics and maritime infrastructures, through CMA CGM’s global leadership position, knowledge and capabilities. We are confident that Vietnam will develop into a key international maritime and logistics hub in the coming years,” said Bruno Gutton, General Director of CMA CGM Vietnam.

    CMIT sees 2019 as another year of continued double-digit growth in container volume flowing through the Cai Mep-Thi Vai container terminals. The strong economic growth of the South Vietnamese economy and its increasing importance and connectivity to the global markets will also cascade to shipping lines deploying larger tonnage in the near future.

    CMIT is grateful for the continued support of the Ministry of Transport, Vinamarine and Ba Ria Vung Tau province and other authorities in creating the right conditions for these megaships to call Cai Mep. For instance the dredging of the access channel back to 14 meters and its official certification ahead of the Marco Polo call shows the good cooperation and coordination between all parties involved thereby fostering the strong growth of the port sector in Cai Mep.

    January 17 2019 Read more