APM Terminals (APMT), with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, has officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV), a multi-purpose distribution centre in Jordan.
The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 13,000 sq m of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 40,000 sq m of open yard.
ALV’s developed land now encompasses 24 ha with an additional 20 ha of area expected to be developed within the next two years.
Aqaba Logistics Village CEO Hakam Abul Feilat said that the new facility would help the port and the country in becoming an “essential regional commercial and logistics hub”.
“Our upgraded services and capabilities will help to create an efficient, economical and reliable supply chain for importers and distributors in Jordan, the Levant and inland points in the Middle East,” he added.
Over the past three years distribution services at ALV have been increasing by over 40% annually.
The new open yards will be used for storing containers, cars, timber and project cargo moving through the port.
ALV’s two distribution center warehouses are located in close proximity to Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), which is a joint venture between APMT and the Aqaba Development Corporation.
The new facilities will focus on light manufacturing including garments and processing aid supplies alongside other goods moving in transit to Iraq.
ALV’s upgraded services include 16 mechanical dock levelers enabling high-capacity and high-efficiency handling of all cross-stuffing operations; warehousing capabilities which include storage, handling, picking, sorting, palletizing and other value-added services employing professional racking systems, and heavy-duty outdoor storage yards, along with available office space on upper levels of the buildings.
The International Committee of the Red Cross became the first major distribution contract concluded for ALV Phase 2 with plans to use Aqaba as a central supply hub for humanitarian aid supplies.
ACT handled 787,000 teu in 2014. A terminal expansion project completed in October 2013 added 460 m to the existing quay to create a total quay length of 1,000 m, increasing the annual container throughput capacity to 1.3m teu.