Less than four years ago, APM Terminals Algeciras and Tangier were straining to keep pace with Maersk Line volume growth. Since then, a collaborative programme has turned things around, serving as a model for greater cooperation between Maersk Line and APM Terminals.
Benefits of partnershipOf the 100,000- plus containers loaded and unloaded in the port each week, the vast majority of them are transshipment cargo – neither imports nor exports, but rather cargo on its way to somewhere else in the world.
Maersk Line’s global vessel network relies on APM Terminals’ Western Mediterranean hub partnership in Algeciras and nearby Tangier, Morocco, as well as seven other transshipment hub ports – including Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia, Salalah in Oman and Rotterdam in the Netherlands – to connect large volume, large vessel trade lanes like the East-West and North-South with regional and local trade lanes – spokes – that can’t be served by large vessels.
Transshipment cargo to Africa is particularly challenging to handle with multiple changes in cargo terms between buyer and seller during a voyage, longer dwell times in the container yard and multiple changes to vessel stowage.