APMT rail freight on pace for record levels

APM Terminals (APMT) has declared its interest in promoting freight trains as a means of combating climate change.

APM Terminals (APMT) has declared its interest in promoting freight trains as a means of combating climate change.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the drive for freight trains in July of this year, arguing that the form of transportation may play an important role in addressing climate change.

APMT has stated its ambitions to elevate the standards of accountability by delivering low or zero-carbon solutions to consumers.

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For example, APMT Pipavav, has reportedly taken nearly 50,000 containers off the road to substantially reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

The terminal operator reported that the port handled 206 trains in July – the highest number this year so far, pulling significantly ahead of its previous loading record of 157 double stack trains in a month in 2020.  

Additionally, APMT’s operations in Mobile Alabama announced a bumper $60 million rail expansion in response to demand from increasingly carbon-conscious customers

According to EPA data, freight railroads account for just 0.5 per cent of total US emissions and only 1.7 per cent of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) stated: “Moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers GHG emissions by up to 75 per cent, on average.”

APMT Americas Head, Leo Huisman, said: “Our customers are looking for expanded options for their supply chains so we are focusing on faster connections to rail providers into inland markets.”

The APMT Mobile rail facility will therefore enable faster rail loading and departures. 

The commitment to rail has seen the volume of containers transported by rail via APMT Gothenburg increase by 13 per cent this year compared to 2021. More than 55 per cent of all goods now reach the port by rail.  

One week ago, the Spanish government granted €3.9 million ($4.3 million) to APMT Barcelona to finance a portion of a pilot project for the electrification of the terminal’s container handling equipment.

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