Located adjacent to the port, the historic structures of the old station will be removed and relocated in Callao.
“In macro terms, this work will improve competitiveness for all activities of Peru and to generate more jobs and more investment and, therefore, social inclusion, which is the goal we are pursuing with this government,” said Peru’s Minister of Transport and Communications of Peru, Carlos Paredes, who with executives from APMT Callao started the demolition.
Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals managing director, stated “APMT Callao is bringing the latest generation of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and eco-friendly electric rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to this phase. Investing in four 4 Super post-Panamax cranes, with 23 container outreach, and 12 Electric RTG cranes is a clear commitment to develop Callao as a strategic, regional hub to generate more business for the country through a world-class, eco-friendly port”.
APM Terminals assumed operational control of Callao’s North Terminal in July last year, handling 436,117 teu in the first year of operations. The company invested US$35m in the first 12 months as part of its US$749m investment to update and expand the existing facility into a modern multi-purpose terminal serving general, Ro-Ro, break bulk, containerised cargoes and cruise ships. When completed the container terminal will have an annual capacity for 2.9m teu.
Future planned improvements include the purchase and installation of 12 new post-Panamax STS cranes and 36 new RTGs. Further investment will be done to accommodate the growing general cargo and grain business.
The port of Callao handles 90% of Peru’s containerised cargo, including most fresh produce and citrus exports. In total, Peru’s ports handled 1.78m teu in 2011, representing a 16% gain over 2010.
In August APMT Callao signed a sustainability agreement with the Artisan Fishing Community to invest US$3m to modernise the fishing terminal and improve working and safety conditions, relocating the marina and its 400 fishing vessels to a safer, more secure part of the harbour.