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Reliability is key

25 April 2013

Increased reliability and efficiency of terminal operations can be crucial factors in helping shipping lines to achieve better results in this tough economic environment, APM Terminals' Chief Commercial Officer Martin Gaard Christiansen tells delegates at the 15th Annual Global Liner Shipping Conference in London.

Although global container volumes are not projected to grow as rapidly over the next five years as they have over the past decade, the expansion of modern port and containerized operations concentrated in high-growth emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia will require higher levels of productivity and rely heavily upon expanded Inland Services, APM Terminals Chief Commercial Officer Martin Gaard Christiansen advised delegates at the 15th Annual Global Liner Shipping Conference in London last week.

'We believe that increased reliability and efficiency of terminal operations can be crucial factors in helping shipping lines to achieve better results in this tough economic environment,' said Christiansen.

Christiansen noted that the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network now comprises 62 operating port and terminal facilities with a presence, including Inland Services operations, in 68 countries, adding that the company is 'actively pursuing ongoing service-related investments'.

According to Christiansen, industry projections have indicated that capacity and congestion issues will continue to pose challenges in high-growth emerging markets where container volumes will expand at significantly higher rates than overall global container throughput. High-growth markets have been designated as priority investment areas for APM Terminals, which will open Brasil Terminal Portuário at the Port of Santos this year, and currently has new terminal projects at Moin, Costa Rica, and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, as well as an extensive modernisation and expansion programme underway at Callao, Peru.

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