Wednesday, April 5, 2017

APM Looks at Ending Tacoma Container Operations

Loss of Main Client Likely Spells End of Service
Shipping News Feature
US – APM Terminals has said that it will likely end its operations at its Tacoma container terminal after its main customer, Matson, announced that its subsidiary had elected to use its joint venture partner SSA Terminals for stevedoring and terminal services at the Port after the existing agreement with APM Terminals expires on December 31.

The terminal, with 12 employees, became part of the Maersk Group portfolio with the acquisition of US-based Sea-Land Service by Maersk Line in 2000. The 600,000 TEU annual throughput capacity facility was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, handling approximately 190,000 TEUs in 2016. Ron Forest, Senior Vice President - Operations for Matson, said:

"APM Terminals has served us well. It just makes more sense to work with our strategic partner at Tacoma as we do at all of our other terminals on the West Coast. We expect a seamless transition and no change in our Tacoma operations from a customer standpoint."

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. APM Terminals North America President, Wim Lagaay, commented:

“We are proud of the service we have been able to provide to the Port of Tacoma and the Seaport Alliance, and of the recognition APM Terminals Tacoma has consistently received by the Pacific Maritime Association for Safety Performance.”