APM Terminals has completed the first phase of its new cargo-handling facility in Mexico, and has now opened the site for business.

The new APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas facility has already received its first vessel, a 9,600 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity Maersk Salalah from Asia.

Phase one of the semi-automated terminal's development entailed spreading an area of 49 hectares, with a quay of 750m in length for ships and a depth of 16.5m in order to handle some of the world’s largest ships.

The terminal is connected to five rail tracks and provides gate services for land-side customers.

APM Terminals CEO Morten Engelstoft said: “A priority for us is to transition terminals under implementation into operation, and make them as efficient as possible to support our customers.

“We have a significant portfolio across Latin America, and this will be our second terminal in Mexico after Yucatan. We are pleased to be a contributor in helping Mexico to reach its growth ambitions.”

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"APM’s priority is to transition terminals under implementation into operation, and make them as efficient as possible to support our customers."

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas is expected to be fully completed between 2027 and 2030.

The terminal will have a quay length of1.5km and a total area of 102 hectares once completed, as well as a capacity of 4.1 million TEUs and a water depth of 18m. The $900m facility will also feature 15 STS cranes and 10 rail tracks.

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas facility is expected to contribute to trade growth in Mexico, in addition to delivering higher productivity and availability for clients.

Mexico handles currently Latin America’s third largest container volume, after Brazil and Panama.

Image: APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas facility in Mexico. Photo: courtesy of APM Terminals.