AMP Terminals (AMPT) Mobile recent outlines its ambitions to become a 1.5 million TEU port as well as working to become a logistics centre for the region.
For 2019 the total volume throughput was 419,000 TEU but the organization that the infrastructure is ready for expansion with an increasing truck gate implemented in 2020 to handle increased volumes.
This comes on the heels of the container berth expansion in March 2020 and a November 2019 container yard expansion.
Sustainable investments include a new fleet of 15 electric cars (pictured), replacing gasoline powered vehicles – and the installation of LED lighting throughout the terminal.
For refrigerated cargoes, a new refrigerated warehouse is being built to enhance the port’s cold chain distribution centre. MTC Refrigerated Warehouse will open in January 2021 to serve international supply chains with the most modern refrigerated technology and capacity for the future growth of cold chains.
In addition, the company said it is actively working with logistics professionals looking to make their supply chains more competitive in a post COVID-19 world by explaining the attributes of the port as a logistics centre.
Major companies already in Alabama are Hyundai, AM/NS Calvert, Outokumpu, Northrop Grumman, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Airbus, Amazon, Walmart, Bombardier and BendPak who have selected the Port of Mobile and the state of Alabama as a hub for global logistics supply and distribution as well as manufacturing.
Santa Paula, California-based BendPak recently opened a new distribution centre 11 miles from APM Terminals Mobile and is able deliver products same-day or next-day to more customers in the eastern half of the country.
Don Henthorn, BendPak president and founder, noted that the new facilities brings products geographically closer to the company’s customers which ultimately has a huge impact on delivery.
Meanwhile, larger vessels and an increased rate of services are now headed to AMPT Mobile. COSCO is upsizing vessels on their GME service calling Mobile, and the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC is upsizing some vessels in the TP18 and TP88 strings.