APM attracts new services to support Latin America’s booming trade routes
This week saw the first call for the new SA8 service at APM Terminals Quetzal, Guatemala and TCBUEN, Colombia. Using vessels of approximately 4,000 TEUs, the service offers customers increased frequency on the Far East – West Coast of Latin America routes.
APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas also hailed the inaugural call of a new service operated by Transfar, linking the Pacific to markets in North America and Asia.
Offering the deepest draft on the Pacific coast of Central America, APM Terminals Quetzal can enable larger volumes to be deployed at every port call and allows customers to fully utilize their vessels’ capacity on these trans-Pacific routes. .
TCBUEN can also accommodate larger vessels, with a draft of 14m at low tide and Super Post Panamax cranes with a maximum reach of 22 containers. Thanks to the application of the latest technologies, TCBUEN offers the highest security standards in Colombia in terms of security, contamination and theft.
The 254m long YM ENLIGHTENMENT made the first calls for terminal services. The new WSA6/AS2/SA8 service is jointly operated by Yang Ming, WAN HAI LINES LTD. and Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd (PIL). A fleet of eight vessels of 2,400 to 3,700 TEUs will be deployed on the weekly service. Calling at the ports of Ningbo – Shanghai – Qingdao – Pusan - Manzanillo – Lazaro Cardenas – Puerto Quetzal – Buenaventura – Valparaiso and Ningbo, a round trip will take 70 days.
Commenting on the added value that APM Terminals Quetzal can offer to shipping lines, Gabriel Enrique Corrales, General Manager of Latin America Regions of APM Terminals, explained: “APM Terminals Quetzal is the only terminal between the port of Lázaro Cardenas in Mexico and the Panama Canal, on the west coast of Central America. It is also the only terminal in Guatemala capable of handling 10,000 TEU vessels thanks to its 14.5m draft.
“We are very pleased with the service and high efficiency provided by APM Terminals, with whom we have a close relationship and cooperation with regions such as India and South America,” said Bryan Ma, Head of the Wan Hai Terminals division.
A state-of-the-art terminal operating system in both terminals supports numerous real-time digital services to accelerate customer supply chains. Dedicated berthing windows can also significantly reduce vessel waiting times. “In addition to easier and faster cargo shipping, Authorized Economic Operator status at APM Terminals Quetzal also ensures the highest levels of security for cargo owners,” adds Corrales. “The gantry crane control cabins allow customer managers access to 10 strategically located cameras, to monitor and control the codes of every container entering or leaving a vessel.”
The new WSA6/AS2/SA8 service complements Yang Ming’s existing SA6 service which calls Kaohsiung – Shekou – Hong Kong – Ningbo – Shanghai – Manzanillo – Lazaro Cardenas – Puerto Quetzal – Callao – Guayaquil – Manzanillo – Pusan and Kaohsiung.
Last month also saw the first call to APM Terminals Quetzal from the WSA6/ACSA5 fortnightly service. The service, operated by COSCO and CMA CGM, employs 5,000 TEU vessels calling at the ports of Hong Kong Sar – Shekou; CN-Ningbo; CN-Shanghai; CN-Manzanillo, MX-Puerto Quetzal; GT-San Antonio; CI and Hong Kong Sar. The service was introduced to maintain a stable and smooth supply chain for customers in time for the second half of the year, which is traditionally high season for Latin American routes.
And this week, the ZHONG GU JI LIN with a length of 283 meters and a capacity of 4,389 TEUs, made its first call at the APM Lázaro Cárdenas terminals. Operated by Transfar Shipping, this is part of a fortnightly service through APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas, linking the Pacific to markets in North America and Asia.
“The start of operations of this shipping line is the result of a collaborative effort between supply chain partners, which demonstrates the preference and confidence placed in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas as an option and gateway in the international maritime market,” says John Sánchez, Commercial Director of APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas.