APM welcomes first vessel at new Mexican terminal

APM Terminals has opened a new facility in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. The new terminal welcomed the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah, making it the first official vessel to visit APM’s second Mexican terminal.

Following completion of the first phase of construction of the terminal, the facility occupies an area of 49 ha, with a quay of 750 m in length for ships and a depth of 16.5 m, deep enough to receive some of the world’s largest ships. The terminal is connected to five rail tracks and offers gate services for land-side customers. The new terminal provides semi-automated processes, aimed at delivering higher productivity for APM’s clients.

By the final phase of the terminal buildout, which is scheduled to happen between 2027 and 2030, the terminal’s water depth will increase to 18 m. By then, the terminal will have a quay 1.5 km long in a total area of 102 ha and a capacity of 4.1m TEUs, operated by 15 STS cranes and 10 rail tracks, providing intermodal access. By the final phase, the total investment cost will come to $900m.

Jose Rueda, Managing Director at APM Terminals in Mexico said, “Mexico is a core part of our strategy of investing in growth markets. With the capacity to receive the world’s biggest ships and provide additional connectivity inland via our terminal at Cuautitlan Izcalli, in the industrial zone of Mexico City which is surrounded by over 200 onward distribution centres, we are in a unique position to facilitate trade for the country.”

Source: APM Terminals