APM Terminals (APMT) has begun operations in Kalundborg, Denmark, with the launch of two weekly feeder services operated by A.P. Moller – Maersk.
The new feeder services link the port with major shipping routes by offering a connection to weekly mainliner in Aarhus bound for Asia and a feeder network reaching Russia, the Baltics, Iceland and Faroe Islands.
APMT made an agreement with the Port of Kalundborg to start operations in the area of Ny Vesthavn last December.
Dennis Oleson, Nordics managing director at APMT, said: “We are very excited to be opening our facility in such a short time, and we look forward to growing our business with all shipping lines and Danish and international companies.
“Many of them have selected Kalundborg and its surroundings as the location for their businesses.”
Kalundborg has been cited as an attractive alternative to Copenhagen and the new facility is expected to take heavy trucks out of the Copenhagen traffic, in addition to its approximately 12 hour shorter journey by sea.
APMT Kalundborg has opted for cleaner fuel solutions and has selected gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel for its reach stackers and terminal tractors.
This solution allows the use of cleaner fuel in conventional diesel engines that is practically free of sulphur and aromatics and produces significantly less smoke to the alternative.
Oleson said: “This is very much in line with our ambition to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations and it helps us respond to the demands of our customers for increasingly more sustainable supply chains.”
The container terminal is fully owned by APMT and has a yearly capacity of 50,000 teu, a berth length of 500 m, a maximum draft of 15 m and 100 reefer plugs.
Located on an area of 50,000 sq m, the terminal has already been equipped with two mobile cranes of 100 tonnes each with a third crane of 150 tonnes set to be operational in May.