APM Terminals has started construction on the $900m Lázaro Cárdenas Terminal 2 (TEC2) Pacific Coast deep-water terminal at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico.
Construction of the TEC2 facility will be carried out in three phases, with the first phase scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2015 with an annual throughput capacity of 1.2 million teus.
The first phase of construction will include a 43-hectare container yard and a 650m quay with seven super post-panamax ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes that can reach across 23 rows of containers.
Additional facilities will include an administration building, warehouse, gates, on-dock rail facilities, electrical yard cranes (E-RTGs) and other specialised equipment.
The on-dock rail yard is being designed to allow shipping lines to pre-stow intermodal cargo for direct transfer to rail, with tracks proposed to be built parallel to the berth.
Upon completion of the first phase, the terminal will cover an area of 102 hectares with 1,485m of quay and 16.5m of water depth, along the channel and quay side.
The company said that the design of the terminal is intended to focus on safety and sustainability, and that the container handling equipment under consideration is energy-efficient to reduce emissions.
Following completion of all three phases, TEC2 will feature 16 STS cranes capable of handling ultra-large container ships of 15,000 teu capacity and above, and an annual throughput capacity of 4.1 million teu.
In August 2012, APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas signed a 32-year concession contract with the Port Authority of the Port of Lazaro Cardenas (APILAC) in Mexico to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a new container terminal at the port.
APM Terminals has partnered with Mexico-based construction company ICA to operate in the Mexican market.