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APM Terminals is investing USD$200m in new efficiency technology at Port Elizabeth terminal to allow for it to receive ultra large container ships APM Terminals is investing USD$200m in new efficiency technology at Port Elizabeth terminal to allow for it to receive ultra large container ships

APM Terminals is investing USD$200m in new efficiency technology at its US Port Elizabeth terminal to allow for it to receive ultra large container ships.

A critical part of the investment is in an expanded gate complex designed to improve the trucker experience by creating a safer and faster cargo flow, saving time, money and emissions.

In addition to this there will be upgrades to container handling equipment, including next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes, to make terminal operations, more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly.

Wim Lagaay, President of APM Terminals North America, said: “We are connecting people, lifting global trade and addressing liner trends to make the port even better for the future.”

“Our goal is to make APM Terminals Port Elizabeth safer, easier to use and faster for our trucker community, more productive for our shipping line clients and more reliable for our clients’ supply chains expectations.”

He pointed out that the terminal enhancements would not be possible without the essential work the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has done to deepen the harbour and heighten the Bayonne Bridge.

The investment plans have been drawn up in close dialogue with the bi-state shipping community, including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, shipping companies, importers and exporters, intermodal rail providers, trucking companies and the International Longshoreman’s Association.

The port’s capacity is being expanded to 2.3 million teu, with berth expansion to accommodate three simultaneous ultra-large container ships (ULCS) vessel calls.

ULCS are expected to start calling at the port right after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year.

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