An excutive from APM Terminals has provided a clearer picture of how the terminal operator will follow the plan presented by Maersk, its parent company, to deliver onshore services which support landside logistics operations.
Maersk recently restructured its divisions by selling off its energy units as part of a strategy to become a global integrator of container logistics.
This new direction by the world’s biggest shipping company aims to give customers the chance to deal with Maersk for all their logistical needs.
In an interview with Danish newspaper Borsen, Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen, Chief Commercial Officer at APM Terminals, said: “Until now it has been the big shipping lines that have paid our bills, and that’s why we’ve focused on them.
“But there are thousands of other customers like freight hauling firms or railway operators, and we now begin to expand our range of customers.”
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An APM Terminals representative also confirmed the plans to Reuters, adding that the new services could include weighing, repackaging and refrigerated storage.
APM Terminals has 74 port facilities globally and last year handled nearly 40 million containers.
In an interview with The Loadstar, Pedersen said: “We have four main container terminal expansion projects underway – Moin in Costa Rica, Vado in Italy, Tema in Ghana and Tangiers in Morocco – and once these are completed, our focus in terms of CAPEX will be on optimising our terminals and the way they interact with the hinterland.”