APM Terminals Moin in Costa Rica has received the second batch of new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and a delivery of electric rubber-tire gantry (ERTG) cranes, keeping it on track for its completion in February 2019.
The terminal operator, APM Terminals, is investing US$ 1 billion to prepare the facility to become an intrinsic part of Costa Rica’s commerce.
With the commissioning of the equipment completed at the end of May, the island hub in the Caribbean Sea now has six STSs and 23 ERTGs.
A Qbis Socioeconomic Impact Study has found that the terminal will boost the country’s trade by 23%.
Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin, said: “APM Terminals Moin is proud to celebrate this milestone, which puts Costa Rica on the logistics map and sends the right signal to stakeholders about our commitment to the country´s trade.”
“These cranes represent a significant improvement in the competitiveness of the nation.
“They will boost the economy, moving it from the 139th to the number one position in the region, according to the World Bank connectivity ranking.”
APM Terminals Moin is a 100% owned, greenfield development that is part of the 30 years concession to operate the terminal.
The current phase, due for completion in February 2019, is the second of three phases.
The company is currently recruiting and training local talent through different programs in the community.
To date, APM Terminals has more than 200 employees, which it is training in a new centre in Limon.
Lisbeth Thomas, Head of Human Resources at APM Terminals Moin, said: “Our partnership with the National Learning Institute has been key to recruiting and certifying the right talent.
“So far, this includes three female crane operators who have demonstrated a high level of skill.”