Expecting a 20-35% increase in throughput, APM Terminals is expanding the yard area and adding new equipment and systems.
APM Terminals Yucatán, which operates the Port of Progreso, Mexico, has announced new investment to expand and modernise the Progreso container terminal. Progreso is an important point for reefer cargo, and services calling include Hamburg Süd’s North Europe - Mexico/Caribbean service. This uses the carrier’s “Polar” class ships that have 1,000 reefer plugs on a 3,800 TEU vessel design.
APM Terminals said Progreso is now handling five vessels a week and has increased its volume from 80,000 TEU to 140,000 TEU over the last two years. The facility is expecting a further 20-35% increase this year. “To continue to facilitate this trade growth, APM Terminals has committed to investing in the terminal to meet the evolving needs of importers/exporters in the region and shipping lines,” the company said.
“We are committed to the long-term sustainable development of the region and are delighted to announce that we have signed an addendum with the port authority to commence a 20% expansion of the yard to support the region’s growing trade needs, as well as other investments to improve productivity and efficiency. This represents a significant additional investment on top of the USD 22.6 million that has already been invested in the terminal since the concession began in 2005,” said Martijn Koolen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Yucatan.
The modernisation project includes US$714,000 to expand the yard capacity by 20% and two new reachstackers, one of which has already arrived. Other aspects include “software optimisation” and a digital client portal.
“Our vision is to provide customers with a fully-fledged logistics zone to help importers/customer manage their end-to-end supply chains,” concluded Koolen.