Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Feeder Services Switch Ports After Over Fifty Years of Service

In House Handling of Local Container Freight
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DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Maersk, which has called there regularly since 1968, is to switch services from Copenhagen Malmo Port (CMP) located in the centre of Copenhagen, to a new container operation at Kalundborg as of March 2021.

The agreement with Port of Kalundborg, A.P. Moller Maersk and APM Terminals covers two weekly feeder services with rotation Bremerhaven (DEBRV), Hallstahammer (SEHAL), Helsingborg (SEHEL), Kalundborg (DKKLD), Aarhus (DKAAR), Fredericia (DKFRC) and back to Bremerhaven (DEBRV) totalling approximately 30% of the overall cargo volumes of the island of Zealand in Denmark.

In turn Kalundborg will be added to the global supply lines as volumes for connection to the North Europe/Asia coverage AE5 will be moved via Aarhus. Stig Kirkegaard, Country Manager Denmark of A.P. Moller Maersk, observed:

“Kalundborg is a port undergoing rapid development and investments and now also with APM Terminals as an operator, we see a great synergy in moving our business to Kalundborg. Also, Kalundborg is situated well to cater for our growth ambitions in Zealand and to manage our current customer base better and more sustainably.”

APM Terminals has agreed with Port of Kalundborg to establish terminal operations in the area Ny Vesthavn effective as of March 2021. The new area has been developed by Port of Kalundborg with a water depth of 15 metres and fully paved with the required infrastructure to start operations. APM Terminals will be ramping up presence so staff and equipment will be in place to start operations and service customers in March. Dennis Olesen, Managing Director Nordics, APM Terminals commented:

“We are proud that A.P. Moller Maersk as our first customer subsequently has chosen APM Terminals in Kalundborg to serve as their main point of logistics in the Eastern part of Denmark. With Kalundborg, we see an opportunity to provide customers with a great service and an efficient and competitive product in a strong location which is well connected, accessible and closer to industry and customers of the port.”

Of course this deal is hardly surprising as APM Terminals is a wholly owned subsidiary of A.P. Moller Maersk, a company with an avowed intent to concentrate on combined logistics operations in the future across all sectors of the supply chain which it manages.

Photo: Site of the new terminal (artist’s impression).