APM Terminals (APMT) achieved an all-time record for container handling activity in Denmark during 2020 despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The terminal operator said the country’s terminal, APMT Aarhus, handled 330,000 container moves and processed 593,670 TEU. This represents an overall growth of 13% on 2019’s TEU traffic.
The growth in volume was primarily driven by refrigerated (reefer) containers and the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo out of Denmark.
APMT Aarhus handles more than 60% of the container volumes in Denmark and is among the most efficient and modern container terminals in Europe, delivering over 33 gross moves per hour (GMPH).
In order to sustain these increased volumes, APMT Aarhus ramped-up capacity several times during 2020.
Dennis Olesen, Managing Director Nordics at APM Terminals, said, “In a year with many challenges I am happy to see that Danish global trade remained strong. While 2020 has delivered growth on all container types for both imports and exports in Denmark, there has been a notable uptick in Danish reefer exports, with an increase of 18%.
“The organization has done a great job in managing the increased growth throughout the pandemic, where volumes have been so significant, that we have increased our reefer capacity twice and are planning another increase in capacity during 2021, in order to ensure smooth operations for our customers.”