APM Terminals Yokohama is strategically located at the mouth of Tokyo bay, where winds and tidal currents rarely impact cargo handling. It also has the advantage of being the first and last ports called on many North American routes. The terminal has consistently been named as the world’s most productive container terminal.
APM Terminals Yokohamahas been operational since 2001 on berths MC-1 and MC-2 on the Port of Yokahama’s Minami Honmoku Pier. The two 350m long berths have a depth of 16m, with six Super Post-Panamax Gantry Cranes with a reach of 22 rows.
The terminals operate using automated gates for maximum efficiency. In June 2016, to achieve further efficiency in integrated container terminal operations, additional gates were added. APM Terminals Yokohama provides the only terminals in Japan with gate opening during noontime break.
Most major global shipping companies call at the terminals. Coastal feeder and coastal barge services are also operated between the Yokohama port and other domestic ports. In recent years, the road network connecting the port to the hinterland has been greatly improved.
The Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway now connects the Tomei Expressway with the Tohoku Expressway through the Chuo and Kanetsu expressways, thus enabling easier road access to areas such as the Kanto-Koshinetsu region. Furthermore, the Yokohama Ring Expressway has been improved to expand the import-export logistics network based at the Yokohama Port.
APM Terminals Yokohama’s CFS provides the option for the customer to have the container stuffed/unstuffed at the port. Furthermore, the area behind the container terminals provides a comprehensive logistics base equipped with distribution warehouses, delivery service centres and a distribution terminal complex.
The port of Yokohama has a financial support for environment-friendly ships. All ocean-going vessels which score 30 points or more on the Environmental Ship Index(ESI) or certified by Green Award Foundation can apply to this program.
Furthermore, the hybridization and electrification of cargo-handling machines, like transfer cranes, help make the Port more eco-friendly. Safer, brighter LED lights illuminate existing terminals and the Port runs on renewable energy.