Hub ports like Algeciras and Tangier help Maersk Line provide customers with more services – port to port combinations – efficiently, requiring fewer total ships and ensuring they are the right size for the markets they serve, thus reducing waste. A hub terminal’s productivity also heavily affects Maersk Line’s global reliability – delays at hubs have a ripple effect through the network.
“For Maersk Line, the hub ports are as important to a reliable, competitive and cost-efficient network as the vessels, the systems and the people we rely on,” says Jakob Skov, Network Director for East/West Trades.
To improve the West Med hub, APM Terminals invested in new cranes and upgraded and heightened existing cranes to handle four Triple E-vessels in Algeciras while adding new rubber-tyre gantry cranes for the container yard.
In addition, APM Terminals is currently building APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, an automated container terminal under construction adjacent to the existing terminal and designed to handle Maersk Line’s future network growth and productivity requirements. It will begin operation in 2019.