Leaders from Qingdao Port Group met with APM Terminals executives in The Hague to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the APM Terminals Vado, Italy port project.
Terms and investment amount were not disclosed. The MOU will create a new joint venture to invest in and work with other potential partners.
APM Terminals Vado is a new terminal in northern Italy, which when opened in January 2018 will handle both containerized and liquid bulk cargoes – and integrated operationally with the existing 275,000 annual TEU capacity Vado Reefer Terminal facility, which was acquired by APM Terminals in August 2015.
The Italian government is providing EUR 300 million for civil works for the project. APM Terminals is investing EUR 150 million in the new terminal which will create 450 new jobs when operations commence.
In 2014, the ports of northern Italy’s Liguria range, including La Spezia, Genoa and Savona/Vado, handled a combined 3.5 million TEUs, representing an increase of approximately 6% compared with the previous year.
The Port of Qingdao, located in the Shandong Province
on the Yellow Sea, is one of northern China’s major ports. Qingdao is the 7th-busiest container port in the world, and the 5th-busiest in mainland China
, with throughput of 16.6 million TEUs in 2014.
APM Terminals is a minority shareholder in the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCT), investing in 2003. QQCT has holdings in Qingdao Qianwan United Container Terminal (QQCTU) and Qingdao New Qianwan Terminal (QQCTN).
QQCT handled 7.9 million TEUs in 2014, and was tied for 3rd among the world’s most productive container terminals by the JOC Group for 2014, with 136 MPH with a vessel alongside.
In productivity while working vessels of over 8,000 TEU capacity, QQCT tied for first place globally, with 157 MPH. QQCTU handed 2.95 million TEUs in 2014. A major expansion of the facilities at the port is now underway.