Georgia’s APM Terminals (APMT) Poti has added two new tug boats which the operator believes will boost the facility’s offering.
APMT said the two new Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from Svitzer, Maersk’s sister brand, can operate in harsh conditions and will also improve night time performance.
APMT Poti managing director, Klaus Holm Laursen, said: “This translates into faster turn times for vessels, more berthing windows to fit last minute changes to sailing schedules and means we can now welcome even longer, larger vessels.
“We believe the big winner here will be our landside customers whose supply chains to interior points in Georgia and Central Asia will see improved scheduling reliability and flexibility.”
APMT Poti is Georgia’s largest port and handles 80% of the Caucasian country’s container traffic.
The multi-purpose facility features 15 berths for both cargo and ferry over a total quay length of 2,900 m, and operates using more than 20 quay cranes and 17 km of rail track.
Around 60% of the port’s containers continue on Azerbaijan, Armenia and other Central Asian locations.