APM Terminals doubles productivity in South America
APM Terminals has announced that since assuming control of the North Terminal at the Port of Callao (Peru) on July 1, 2011, now operating as APM Terminals Callao, crane productivity has more than doubled to 26.57 moves per hour per crane. In addition, gate turnaround time has decreased by 49% to 28 minutes in the first 29 weeks of operations. To date, APM Terminals has invested $27m of a total of $749m earmarked to modernize and expand the existing facility.
"We began dredging the container berths last week to increase the depth from 11 to 12.5 m, and in April two post-Panamax mobile cranes will be delivered to the terminal, which will raise productivity to an even higher standard and increase our value proposition in the market" said APM Terminals Callao Managing Director, Henrik Kristensen.
Planned improvements at APM Terminals Callao include the installation of 12 new post-Panamax STS cranes and 36 new RTGs. Other investments will increase the annual capacity to 2.9m TEUs - and the installation of a new grain silo will allow 9.9m tons of general cargo capacity over the next decade. The multi-purpose terminal will handle containerized and general cargoes as well as Ro-Ro, breakbulk and cruise ships.
APM Terminals also operates local cargo inland services company Almacenes de Contenedores Sudamerica (ALCONSA) in Peru, with locations in Callao and Paita. APM Terminals Callao is a joint venture between APM Terminals and Peru's Central Portuária. The Callao North Terminal concession covers a 30-year term."During the first seven months, we were averaging $1m a week in investments to improve the port. Now, we are just awaiting the final approvals of the Peruvian National Port Authorities of the technical reports to begin Phase I and II of the project which we expect shortly. We are looking forward to start these phases by investing £307m to transform the Port of Callao into one of the world's leading ports" said Kristensen.