Thursday, November 26, 2009

AP Moller - Maersk Group Target South American Container Freight Trade

Added Destinations Demonstrate Growing Confidence in Relatively Young Market
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AMERICA – After the news of Damco Logistics foray into the Amazonian regions of Brazil with their new barge service to Porto Velho, comes news of another AP Moller – Maersk group company showing renewed interest in shipping freight to and from the region.

Maersk Line are to call at the new facilities in the Port of Callao, Peru from the inception of the container terminal there in April or may 2010. The multi modal handling facility is known as “Muelle Sur” (literally “Soft South”) and agreements have been signed between Maersk and DP World Callao for terminal handling services. Callao is the first time DP World, one of the largest global port operators, have ventured into the South American market. The terminal will be able to handle up to 850,000 TEU’s according to advance figures.

The new development will revolutionise handling in Callao, port for Peru’s capital Lima, and increase turnover to around 2 million TEU’s annually. Formerly the container port operated without any gantry or harbour cranes and the installation of six super post Panamax gantry cranes, plus additional equipment, will bring handling at the port into the 21st century. With 650 metres of quay side space and a berth depth of 16 metres the terminal should cope easily with the demands placed upon it by this latest contract.

A DP World spokesman said he was delighted at the continuation of a strong relationship with Maersk which existed around the globe at other DP World sites. The company felt that the new development would provide a cost efficient solution to Peruvian shipping interests in the light of the country’s growing economy.