APMT Alabama box shop's plan threatens US east coast rivals

MAERSK's APM Terminals Mobile plans to expand in Alabama to 1

03 August 2020 - 19:00
MAERSK's APM Terminals Mobile plans to expand in Alabama to 1.5 million TEU from last year's throughput of 419,000 TEU, reports London's Port Technology International.

The plan, which threatens US east coast ports, calls for the reinvigorated port to be core of a logistics centre for the region. Infrastructure is ready for expansion with an increasing truck gate implemented in 2020 to handle increased volumes.

This comes on the heels of the container berth expansion in March 2020 and a November 2019 container yard expansion.

Sustainable investments include a new fleet of 15 electric cars, replacing petrol-powered vehicles - and the installation of LED lighting throughout the terminal.

For reefer cargo, MTC Refrigerated Warehouse will open is facilities now under construction in January.

APM Terminals also said it is working with logistics professionals to make supply chains more competitive in a post-Covid world by explaining the attributes of the port as a logistics centre.

Major companies already in Alabama are Hyundai, AM/NS Calvert, Outokumpu, Northrop Grumman, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Airbus, Amazon, Walmart, Bombardier and BendPak who have selected the Port of Mobile and the state of Alabama as a hub for global logistics supply and distribution as well as manufacturing.

Santa Paula, California-based BendPak recently opened a new distribution centre 11 miles from APM Terminals Mobile and is able deliver products same-day or next-day to more customers in the eastern half of the country.

Don Henthorn, BendPak president and founder, noted that the new facilities brings products geographically closer to the company's customers which ultimately has a huge impact on delivery.

Meanwhile, larger vessels and an increased rate of services are now headed to AMPT Mobile. Cosco is upsizing vessels on their GME service calling Mobile, and the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC is upsizing some vessels in the TP18 and TP88 strings.

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