APM Terminals (APMT) Moín Container Terminal (TCM) in Costa Rica has celebrated the arrival of its 4,000th vessel since its opening in 2019.
The Margarete Schulte was greeted with a commemorative plaque and is carrying a primary cargo of pineapples and bananas.
The ship sailed from Manzanillo, Panama and is now headed to Cork, Ireland.
The Limón-Moín Port complex has undergone infrastructure improvements over the past three years, allowing it to accommodate ships with greater draughts of up to 8,500 TEU.
This has enabled the terminal to offer new services, such as those connecting Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, and Europe, as per APMT’s latest statement.
Commercial Director of APMT Moín, Victor Konen, explained that this has resulted in faster transit times to Europe for Costa Rican fruit as the terminal is one of the last ports that these services call at in America before leaving for Europe.
In 2022, the terminal handled 898 vessels and 1,182,854 TEU, with an increase in the volume of crane moves per vessel from 664 in 2021 to 714 in 2022.
In a joint effort with government authorities, the terminal has also reduced idle times by more than 40 minutes, from 130 minutes to less than 90 minutes.
APMT said the terminal will continue to work on receiving larger vessels, implementing new technologies and value-added services, as well as investing in safety and security, while coordinating with national authorities.
At the end of last year, APMT made plans to broaden the use of the new Truck Appointment System set to roll out globally.
This is expected to expedite gate access, decrease truck turn times, and enhance global logistics planning.