Mexico’s APM Terminals Open for Business

Photo: APM Terminals

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico's largest
semi-automated terminal, received its first official vessel call
today with the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah
on the AC2 Transpacific service from Asia.

"This is a milestone as we add an additional operational terminal
to our portfolio. A priority for us is to transition terminals
under implementation into operation, and make them as efficient
as possible to support our customers." said Morten H. Engelstoft,
CEO of APM Terminals.

"We have a significant portfolio across Latin America, and this
will be our second terminal in Mexico after Yucatan. We are
pleased to be a contributor in helping Mexico to reach its growth
ambitions," Morten added.

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas is state-of-the-art with
semi-automated processes that are geared toward delivering higher
productivity and availability for clients as well as contributing
to Mexican trade growth by offering a new gateway for commerce
between the second-largest economy in Latin America and the rest
of the world.

"Mexico is a core part of our strategy of investing in growth
markets and building stateof-the-art facilities to run more
efficiently the supply chain from the heart of Mexico to Asia and
the rest of the Americas," says Jose Rueda, Managing Director for
APM Terminals in Mexico.

"The technology in this terminal will bring increased
predictability and efficiency to our shipping line customers,
whilst ensuring the highest levels of safety for our employees
and supply chain partners." he adds.

"In addition to servicing ships, the new terminal in Lazaro
Cardenas will enable us to further contribute to the nation's
growth story and long-term competitiveness by offering efficient,
safe and reliable terminal services to producers and
manufacturers. With the capacity to receive the world's biggest
ships and provide additional connectivity inland via our terminal
at Cuautitlan Izcalli, in the industrial zone of Mexico City
which is surrounded by over 200 onward distribution centers, we
are in a unique position to facilitate trade for the country,"
says Rueda.

With the first phase of the terminal complete, APM Terminals
Lazaro Cardenas occupies an area of 49 hectares, with a quay of
750 meters in length for ships and a depth of 16.5m, deep enough
to receive some of the world's largest ships. The terminal is
connected to five rail tracks and offers gate services for
land-side customers.

By the final phase of the terminal buildout, which is scheduled
to happen between 2027 and 2030, the terminal's water depth will
increase to 18m.

By then, the terminal will have a quay 1.5 km long in a total
area of 102 hectares and a capacity of 4.1 million TEUs, operated
by 15 STS cranes and 10 rail tracks, providing intermodal access.
By the final phase, the total investment cost will come to US$900
million.

Mexico handles Latin America's third largest container volume,
behind only Brazil and Panama.

Feb 27, 2017

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