APM Terminals has announced that its Tacoma operations came to an end on September 30, 2017, as part of its portfolio optimization plans and that the lease is now with Seattle-based terminal operator SSA Marine.
Newly managed operations at the US Washington state-based terminal began on October 2, 2017, after SSA Marine formed a new joint venture with SSAT.
SSAT, partly owned by Pacific container shipping line Matson, manages the carrier's container stevedoring and terminal services on the US West Coast.
The Tacoma lease was due to expire December 31, 2017.
APM Terminals Tacoma was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, handling a combined 190,000 TEUs in 2016.
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APM Terminals’ US portfolio includes operations at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles, the largest proprietary terminal in North America; APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, at the Port of New York & New Jersey; APM Terminals Mobile, Alabama; and a 49% share in the South Florida Container Terminal, at the Port of Miami, Florida.
Wim Lagaay, Head of USA and Europe Portfolio for APM Terminals, said: “We are proud of the service we have been able to provide to our customers, the Port of Tacoma and the Seaport Alliance, and the Safety performance recognition consistently received by the Pacific Maritime Association.”