APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas (TEC2), which is scheduled to begin operations next year, has received three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and two rail mounted cranes for its intermodal rail facility, each from ZPMC.
Phase I of the development will include a total of seven STS cranes which feature a 24-container row reach, along with 750 m of quay, able to accommodate the largest container vessels, a fully-automated gate as well as an on-dock intermodal rail facility, the largest of its kind in any Latin American port.
The semi-automated deep-water facility on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, which is now in the final stages of construction, will have an annual capacity of 1.2m teu.
Additionally, the Mexican government has announced plans to double port capacity over the next six years.
APM Terminals (APMT) Mexico’s managing director J.D. Nielsen claimed that TEC2 will be “the most technologically advanced container terminal in Latin America”.
The Maersk-subsidiary has signed a 32-year concession for the design, construction and operation of the Lázaro Cárdenas TEC2 facility, representing an overall investment of USD $900 million.
While in Mexico, Maersk Group CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen confirmed APMT’s interest in expanding operations into the Port of Veracruz as part of a future public bid.
This would eventually link the Pacific and Gulf Coast operations through intermodal rail links intersecting near Mexico City, at APMT’s Cuautitlán Izcalli intermodal facility, located near 250 distribution centres in Mexico’s premier industrial zone.