APM Terminals (APMT)’s US$900m Lazaro Cardenas terminal in Mexico has officially opened.
The facility, which accordng to APMT is Latin America’s most technologically-advanced container terminal, has an annual throughput capacity of 1.2m teu.
When fully-built, the terminal is set to increase its container handling capacity to over 4m teu in 2030.
The terminal, the first phase of which is now completed, covers 49 ha and feature a 750 m quay with a depth of 16.5 m, thus being able to handle the latest generation of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs).
The new facility, which is equipped with five intermodal rail tracks and features automated gate, received its first official vessel call on February 27 this year by the 9,600 teu Maersk Salalah as part of Maersk AC2 Transpacific service from Asia.
The terminal, which is the second one facility operated by APMT in Mexico after APMT Yucatan, is currently performing 30% above expectations in terms of container turnaround times and is expected to improve operational efficiencies per container by 20%.
APMT’s chief commercial officer Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen said: “Thanks to its semi-automated processes, APMT Lazaro Cardenas will offer faster turnaround times per container as well as faster intermodal transportation via its superior on-dock rail connection.
“The terminal’s strong geographic position on the coast and its connection with our inland terminal at Cuautitlan Izcalli in the industrial zone of Mexico City, ensures our customers have easy access to inland distribution centres and a consumer market of over 120m people.”
Mexico handled a total of 5.66m teu in 2016, ranking third behind Brazil and Panama in Latin America in terms of port container traffic volumes.