APMT Mobile injects $60 million in rail expansion

APM Terminals injects $60 million in rail expansion

APM Terminals (APMT) Mobile has announced a $60 million investment in expanding its rail infrastructure capabilities to double capacity.

The new rail facility is set to enable faster loading and departures, meeting the growing demands of customers for efficient and cost-effective supply chain solutions.

This expansion will include additional tracks, rail yard storage space, and improved access from the berth to the railyard.

The project is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete and will increase the total length of working rail track at the facility to 12,000 feet (3.65 kilometres).

Leo Huisman, Head of APMT Americas, said that the company’s customers are looking for expanded options for their supply chains, and the rail expansion will focus on faster connections to rail providers into inland markets.

As part of the rail expansion project, the Alabama Port Authority is constructing a roadway fly-over bridge to permit unimpeded railway access to and from the facility.

The bridge will enable APMT Mobile to provide on-dock rail service, connecting it to the future Alabama Port Authority’s Montgomery inland port, slated for completion in 2025.

In addition, APMT Mobile is doubling its container terminal capacity for future growth to be over 1 million TEU in 2025, supported by the Mobile harbour channel deepening and widening project to 50′ (15.24 metres) depth.

READ: Alabama State Port Authority begins upgrade with deepening of Mobile Ship Channel

This project will accommodate larger vessels entering the global fleet, making Mobile the deepest harbour in the US Gulf, with no bridges or other height-restrictive infrastructure interfering with access to the terminal.

“These improvements and our expanded rail facility will ensure customer competitiveness and strengthen Alabama as the preferred logistics corridor,” Huisman added.

With these enhancements, APMT Mobile will continue to focus on vessels that can arrive at any hour and start port operations immediately.

The Alabama Port Authority announced record-breaking numbers for 2022, with 563,191 TEU handled at the Port of Mobile.

This marks the ninth year of double-digit growth since 2009 and an 11 per cent increase in volumes over 2021.

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