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Saturday, 05 July 2014

Algeciras overtakes Valencia

APMT Algeciras team on crane APMT Algeciras team on crane APM Terminals

Algeciras has become Spain’s busiest container port and APM Terminals says that a $73 million investment it made there to accommodate Maersk Line’s Triple-E vessels has helped Algeciras overthrow Valencia.

According to the throughputs published by their respective port authorities, Valencia slipped from 4.47m TEUs in 2012 to 4.33m TEUs in 2013, while at the same time Algeciras rose from 4.11m to 4.35m TEUs. The southern Spain port handled last year 22,000 boxes more than overthrown leader Valencia.

The first five months of 2014 have confirmed that trend. Between January 1st and May 31st, Algeciras handled 1.95 million TEUs, while Valencia moved 1.76 million TEUs, according to Spain’s Ministry of Development.

APM Terminals says that its $73 million investments in Algeciras have contributed to the port taking the number one position.

The amount covered various infrastructure upgrades. Between June and October 2013, Kalmar heightened four ZPMC cranes by 5.8m so they could handle Maersk Line’s Triple-E ships. APM Terminals also bought four new cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC. Capable of servicing 18,000 TEU ships, these cranes were delivered last month. The rest of the $73 million was used for dredging, quay adaptation and the transfer of four existing cranes to different locations in the terminal.

APM Terminals Algeciras, which accounts for three quarters of the port’s container throughput, went from handling 3.11 million TEUs in 2012 to 3.29 million TEUs in 2013.

Crisanto Domínguez Navarro, communication manager at APM Terminals Algeciras, says that with its infrastructure upgrades, the terminal has adapted itself to ultra-large container vessels and become more attractive to customers. With a capacity of 18,000 TEUs, the Triple-E vessels introduced last year by Maersk are currently the largest containerships in operation. Today, their only Spanish call is at APM Terminals Algeciras, notes Mr Domínguez.

APM Terminals and Maersk Line are both part of Danish conglomerate A.P. Møller – Mærsk.

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