APMT Plans Multi-Million Dollar Expansion for Alabama Port

 22 Dec 2017 10.49am

The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and APM Terminals boards of directors have announced they have approved a US$ 49.5 million expansion of the container facility at the Port of Mobile, Alabama, allowing it to accommodate a new annual throughput capacity of 650,000 TEU.

The Port Authority owns and operates the State of Alabama’s deep-water port facilities at the Port of Mobile, the tenth-largest US seaport by volume.

It’s container, general cargo and bulk facilities have access to a vast network of inland connections across the South of the US, including two interstate systems, five railroads, and nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterway connections.  

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This investment marks the third phase of an ongoing five-phase plan to eventually grow the terminal’s annual throughput capacity to 1.5 million TEU.

It expands upon the $US 535 million the port authority and its partners’ have invested in the Port of Mobile since 2005, including shore-side and channel improvements to support the larger container ships, in order to position it as an alternative gateway for US trade.

The expansion will include a 122 meter (400 foot) dock extension and an additional eight hectares (20 acres) of improved yard to maintain excess capacity and to accommodate future demand.

It will also include new super Post-Panamax crane rails and upgrades to the fender system in order to accommodate 14,000 TEU ships.  

In a statement, Brian Harold, Managing Director, APM Terminals Mobile, said: “The Phase 3 expansion enables us to stay well ahead of the growth pattern we’ve seen in the Port of Mobile, as well as add dock space to support the growing vessel sizes that are coming to the terminal.

“It will help us maintain the efficiency levels our customers have come to expect, while also creating the extra capacity needed to support potential future economic growth in our market.”

James K. Lyons, Chief Executive, Alabama State Port Authority, said: “Container intermodal growth continues to drive investment at the Port of Mobile.”

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