APM Terminals will expand its activities by some 167 ha on Maasvlakte 2, and its terminal will ultimately have a capacity of some 4.5 million TEU. The terminal will be constructed in phases. The first phase will become operational in 2014.
Expansion enables growth
This expansion guarantees the growth of APM Terminals and Maersk Line in Rotterdam in the long term. This is good news for the port's competitive position. APM Terminals is a subsidiary of the Danish company AP Møller-Maersk. The shipping company Maersk Line, APM Terminals' sister company, is the result of the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd by Maersk Sealand. With a market share of 18%, it is the largest company worldwide in the sea transport of containers. APM Terminals ranks third on the global list of container stevedores, and already has a container terminal on the current Maasvlakte. At this terminal, APM Terminals mainly handles containers shipped by its sister company Maersk Line. Thanks to its expansion on Maasvlakte 2, APM Terminals will also be assured of sufficient capacity in the long term to continue its growth in Rotterdam.
Step by step
The land for the new terminal of APM Terminals will be granted in phases. The first plot to become available will be 60 ha. This will be expanded in three steps to 167 ha, provided a contractually established number of containers are handled at the terminal. The terminal will feature 2,800 m of deepsea quay, of which 1,000 will be realised in the first phase. The quay wall will have a maximum depth of 20 m. In addition, a 500-m long barge/feeder quay will be constructed. This quay will be over 10 m deep. The site is 600 m wide, giving the terminal a capacity of some 4.5 million TEU. The terminal will be connected directly to the Betuweroute freight railway. APM Terminals' existing terminal has a capacity of some 2.5 million TEU.