Hutchison Ports Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, has signed an agreement with APM Terminals (APMT) to acquire the APMT Rotterdam (APMTR) container terminal.
APMTR, located adjacent to Hutchison Ports’ existing ECT Delta terminal in the Maasvlakte area of Europe’s largest port, has 1,600 m of deep-water quay serviced by 13 ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes.
Rolf Nielsen, head of hub terminals APMT, said: “Over the past eighteen months, the various parties have worked intensively and constructively together with all relevant parties, including APMTR’s works council and trade unions, to complete the transaction.”
According to Nielsen, the sale gives APMTR the best possible future with a good security for jobs for its employees.
Clemence Cheng, managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: “We are delighted to strengthen further our presence in the Port of Rotterdam.
“We already handle the majority of containers in the port through ECT’s Delta and Euromax terminals. The addition of APMTR will further enhance our ability to offer a first class and flexible service to our customers.”
Cheng noted that Hutchison Ports will continue to serve Maersk Line’s existing business at the terminal and will work with the workforce to develop customer and volume base to meet growing demand.
Hutchison Ports has the opportunity to redevelop and enhance the facility in the future and Cheng said that the company looks forward to “continuing to grow our business in the port”.