APM Terminals Aarhus adds reefer plugs to meet rising demand

AMP Terminals Aarhus | Reefer plugs

APM Terminals Aarhus has completed the installation of a further 180 reefer plugs at its facility.

The Danish export market has thrived in recent years and driven volume growth at Denmark’s largest container terminal.

In 2020 volumes at the terminal grew by around 13%. This was then accelerated further in 2021, handling a record 397,121 container moves, up 20% from the previous year.

Reefer volumes were up 7% in 2021 and in 2022 are forecasted to grow further as the terminal starts to handle a growing share of Royal Arctic Line Reefers.

Accurate forecasting has enabled APM Terminals Aarhus to plan ahead, with phases one and two of its reefer rack expansion already completed in 2020 and phases three and four completed in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively. This latest addition increased capacity by 360 plugs, bringing the total capacity to 1,548 reefer plugs.

“The additional reefer capacity will allow us to plan for additional reefer cargo,” said Helle Almind, Commerical Manager at APM Terminals Aarhus.

“The reefer stacks 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 over 60% of the container volumes in Denmark and consistently ranks among the most efficient and productive container terminals in Europe.

APM Terminals and Chinese equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC) have entered a strategic alliance on equipment purchasing.

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will change equipment purchasing from a transactional process to strategic collaboration – with a focus on automation.

Signed on 11 October by APMT CEO Morten Engelstoft and ZPMC Chairman and President Liu Chengyun in a virtual ceremony, the MoU also includes an order for 18 Ship-to-Shore (STS) Cranes and nine Yard cranes across six terminals and the reservation of production slots for additional 25 STS cranes and 62 Yard cranes in the future.

The company is also running a pilot with ZPMC’s Automated Straddle Carriers at APM Terminals Aarhus.

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