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Plaquemines Port and APM Terminals announce operating agreement

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Plaquemines Port, Harbor and Terminal District and APM Terminals have announced a Letter of Intent whereby APM Terminals will become the operator of the newly planned Container Terminal and Intermodal Rail Facility and external parties will be the investor in the new port. Plaquemines Port and their financial partners will manage the financial activities associated with the infrastructure development, investment, and ownership of the port.

Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards applauded the announcement of the agreement. “We’re excited by the prospect of starting a new economic chapter in U.S. ports by developing America’s newest port here in Louisiana,” Gov. Edwards said, “one that has the potential to install new U.S. supply chain capabilities, build new businesses, create new jobs for our great state and generate economic impact throughout our country. Ports are economic engines and APM Terminals – a leader whose expertise is known globally – is ideally qualified to help us develop and operate one of the newest ports in the world.”

50 nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico

The facility is in the early stages of development as a 50’ (15.24m) deep water depth, state-of-the-art container terminal in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Located on the Mississippi River just 50 nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the gateway port will cater to exporters and importers who could tap into the multimodal routing options of rail, truck, inland marine and air. The terminal will be environmentally-friendly, powered by a combination of natural gas and electricity, encompassing up to 1,000 acres and 8,200 feet of Mississippi River frontage.

Wim Lagaay, CEO of APM Terminals North America said “We see tremendous opportunity to write a new supply chain playbook for U.S. exporters and importers with this location. Exporters are looking for ways to ship their products overseas with a competitive port and importers are looking for more ways to reach major regional consumer markets in the South and Midwest. We look forward to working with the Plaquemines Port Team, their partners and with State and Local leaders to ensure the port operates on world-class levels as a Louisiana success story.”

PPHTD Executive Director Sandy Sanders said, “Our vision is to create a new port with an entirely new supply chain network into the United States. We will have multiple routing options to inland markets which give supply chain planners the resiliency and contingency layers essential to manage future supply chains effectively. We have also carefully selected our partners, APM Terminals, American Patriot Holdings and Louisiana 23 Development Company who share our vision to engineer a logistics business model that attracts private investment dollars and new cargo to Louisiana and strategic inland markets.”

Storm resistant technology

Special focus will be on utilizing modern infrastructure technology and engineering to withstand storm surges and wind damage in the design of the port. The port and connecting infrastructure will be built 16 feet above sea level. Phase One of construction is expected to last two years and will deliver the capability to handle 22,000-TEU class vessels with the ability to expand capacity as needed.

The Army Corps of Engineers will focus on bolstering levees around the site and connecting infrastructure. To reduce the risk of flooding of the terminal site and surrounding area, the US Army Corps of Engineers is building a new federal levee system. This system will bring the existing flood protection from a 4 foot height to a new and robust 14 foot height and will tie back into the Mississippi River levees at a height of 15 feet. Once completed, the system will be able to protect the site from devastating storm surges similar to those of Hurricane Ida. Construction of the flood protection profile is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2023.

To further mitigate flood risk, the port has adopted a Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy to restore coastal wetlands in the frontline of the storm surge and provide additional protection to hurricane levees that surround the facilities. The port is working with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on developing restoration and resiliency projects that would provide additional protection to the terminal as well as vulnerable communities outside of the flood protection section.

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ICTSI continues to find logistics solutions, alternative; Cavite Gateway Terminal beefs up operations

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International Container Terminal Services, Inc. continues to beef up operations of the Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite as ICTSI continues its bid to find logistical solutions and alternatives for the country’s supply chain.

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president, says: “As the country begins to re-open the economy, we shall continue to support the country’s importers and exporters not only through enhancements in our operated terminals, but also through practical solutions and alternatives for our importers and exporters.”

One of these alternatives is the CGT, the country’s first dedicated container barge terminal, that optimizes the sea lanes of Manila Bay while providing alternate means of transporting containers from the Port of Manila to the CALABARZON area south of Manila and back.

ICTSI recently strengthened yard and wharf operations with the deployment of additional landside container handling equipment as well as directly contracted barge equipment. With an area of six hectares, the CGT has the capacity to handle 115,000 TEUs annually.

Enhancements at CGT also came at an opportune time with the temporary closure of the southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard. Says Mr. Gonzalez: “We support the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) call to look for other ways to transport containers, and we are happy to be able to offer an alternative through the services provided by CGT.”

Recently, the MMDA announced the temporary closure of the boulevard’s southbound lanes to give way to the Department of Public Works and Highways’ repair of a damaged box culvert in front of a pumping station in Pasay City, and civil works related to the Department of Transportation’s Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension Project.

Roxas Boulevard is part of a cargo truck trade route connecting the Port of Manila to Southern Luzon. Close to 900 trucks and over 1,000 trailers daily travel the road’s southbound direction alone.

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APM Terminals Aarhus adds reefer plugs to meet record volumes

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A booming Danish export market is not the only factor driving volume growth at Denmark’s largest container terminal, APM Terminals Aarhus. The terminal continued to attract new services in 2021 and last week completed the installation of a further 180 reefer plugs to ensure it can continue to offer the service and flexibility that customers are looking for.

Despite supply-chain disruption caused by the global pandemic, volumes at the terminal grew by around 13% in 2020. This trend accelerated further in 2021 when the terminal handled a record 397,121 container moves – an increase of +20% over the previous year. Reefer volumes alone were up 7% in 2021. In 2022, reefer volumes are forecast to grow further as the terminal starts to handle a growing share of Royal Arctic Line reefers.

Accurate forecasting enabled APM Terminals Aarhus to plan ahead with phases 1 & 2 of its reefer rack expansion already completed in 2020 and phases 3 & 4 completed in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively. This latest addition increased capacity by 360 plugs, bringing the total capacity at the terminal to 1,548 reefer plugs.

“The additional reefer capacity will allow us to plan for additional reefer cargo,” says Helle Almind, Commercial Manager at APM Terminals Aarhus. “The reefer racks are strategically located in the yard and therefore we also expect an improvement in operational efficiency, which will benefit both landside and shipping line customers.”

APM Terminals Aarhus handles more than 60 percent of the container volumes in Denmark and continually ranks among the most efficient and productive container terminals in Europe, delivering over 33 gross moves per hour.

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ICTSI Subic welcomes Wan Hai’s consolidated service

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Subic Bay International Terminals received the first call of Wan Hai Line’s consolidated Mindanao – Hong Kong – Taiwan service in December 2021. The earlier MHT service – the fastest connection from Mindanao to Hong Kong and Taiwan as per Wan Hai – is being integrated with the Subic Express Service. The port rotation of the MHT service now includes Subic, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, Shekou and Hong Kong. As the first port of call in the Philippines, the terminal benefits from the upgraded service’s improved transit time for mostly raw materials and imported products. Wan Hai consolidated the two services to optimize its offering in the intra-Asia trade, utilizing larger-capacity ships to meet increasing demand during the holidays and the run-up to the Chinese New Year.

About Subic Bay International Terminal Corp.

In 2007, under the Subic Port Development Project, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority awarded ICTSI subsidiary Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. the concession for the New Container Terminal 1, with commercial operations commencing in 2008. In 2011, under the Subic Port Project’s second phase, SBMA awarded ICTSI Subic, Inc. the concession to operate NCT 2. Increasing volumes at this Freeport enabled ICTSI to streamline and interface the operations of NCT 1 and 2. The merged operations are ready to serve an improving local economy in Central and Northern Luzon regions, alongside with its continued support to facilitate the box market of Metro Manila.

About International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)

Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. is in the business of port development, management and operations. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Independent with no shipping or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with all stakeholders of the supply chain. ICTSI continues to receive global acclaim for its public-private partnerships, which are focused on sustainable development, and supported by corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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