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APL renews container terminal lease at Kaohsiung port

Container carrier APL has renewed its terminal lease at Taiwan’s Kaohsiung port for another 10 years from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2027.

The lease renewal was signed with Taiwan Branch and Taiwan International Ports Corporation on Tuesday.

Nicolas Sartini, ceo of APL, said: “Today, intra-Asia container volume accounts for one-sixth of all containers moved globally. We see further growth prospects in this trade where APL is seeking to be a major player.

“Our terminal in the port of Kaohsiung will therefore be strategic for our advancement in intra-Asia where we are connecting the key markets of Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam amongst others via the relay hub today,” he added.

The Taiwanese terminal currently receives the vessels of APL and other carriers including CMA CGM. With an annual capacity of 1.5m teu, the facility boasts a productivity rate that tops 36 container moves per hour.

The APL-operated terminal has two cargo berths with a linear quay length of 640 metres and a draft of 15.2 metres, sufficient to handle ships of up to 14,000 teu.

The 101-acre terminal also comprises a container freight station, a 21,000-teu yard, three maintenance and repair workshops, two warehouses and two gas stations that provide value-added onsite logistics support to APL shippers.

APL said it plans to upgrade its terminal operating system to raise productivity in the months ahead.

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