APM Terminals wins direct Asian calls to South America’s east coast

APM Terminals wins direct Asian calls to South America’s east coast
Itajaí specialises in frozen poultry exports

A joint service deployed by Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Line, ZIM, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Hamburg Sud will call at both APM Terminals’ facilities in Itajaí and Buenos Aires, in a boost for the operator.

The weekly Asian service, operated jointly with 13 vessels will call the ports of Kelang, Singapore, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou and Busan before calling at Terminal 4 Buenos Aires in late August.

In Brazil, the first vessel is scheduled to arrive at APM Terminals Itajaí in early September.

The service will call the port in Santa Catarina state bi-weekly until April 2018, due to turning basin restrictions for six of the 13 vessels in the string which exceed 300 m in length.

With the completion of the expanded turning basin in the Itajai/Navegantes river complex next year, the weekly service will be introduced.

APMT Argentina managing director Silvia Iglesias said: “We can now offer more supply chain solutions for importers and exporters using our ondock rail service and terminal connectivity.”

Ricardo Arten, managing director of APMT in Brazil, said: “This is the second Asia/East Coast South America service available in Itajaí, which already handles the ASAS service operated by Maersk Line, MSC and MOL.”

The service is important for Itajaí, which has lost out in recent years to Portonave, the rival neighbouring terminal in Navegantes.

The Itajaí-Navegantes port complex is the second-largest in Brazil, with a throughput of 1.1m teu last year, most of which was handled by Portonave. Frozen poultry is a major export through the port, where APM Terminals Itajaí handled 200,000 teu ast year.

Buenos Aires, which handled 1.4m teu last year, is the fourth-busiest container port in South America.