- Age: 35
- Joined Maersk Group: 2004
- Job title: Mexico Customer Service Manager, APM Terminals
The other side of the port gate
In the city of Lázaro Cárdenas on Mexico’s Pacific coast, a charity is providing much-needed education and nutrition to disadvantaged children. With the support of APM Terminals, which has recently opened a new port there, it is providing a foundation for their future lives.
After 11 years, Adriana Aguilar is back where she started.
Aguilar grew up in Lázaro Cárdenas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. When the port was transforming from industrial only to commercial, she joined Maersk Line as it was starting up operations. Following stints in New York, Poland and Panama, she is now Customer Service Manager for a terminal that, when it opens in 2016, will be the most technologically advanced in Latin America.
“It was such an amazing moment, not just for me but for the whole city,” she says of the day in late 2015, when the first 120-metre tall ship-to-shore cranes arrived by sea at APM Terminals’ semi-automated container terminal.
“It was so visible, and we all knew that it meant development, opening a bigger gateway for trade that will benefit the city and the country. Being part of such a global event in my own home town made it one of the most important days of my life,” Aguilar says, her gestures and smiles become more noticeable as she dives into the story, looking back.
Aguilar’s story is not unique and neither is the Group’s USD 900 million investment in the container terminal at Lázaro Cárdenas. The Group is currently making substantial bets in promising markets around the world, and people of the same nationality are taking leading roles.
The terminal’s capacity of 1.2 million 20-foot containers annually will roughly double the total of what today is Mexico’s second-largest port. From here, containers can reach Mexico City in less than two days by rail, Monterrey’s automotive production hub in less than three, and there are good links to major US cities, as well.