ASPA, APM Terminals approve container expansion project at Port of Mobile

US-based Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and APM Terminals have given approval for the container expansion project at the Port of Mobile.

ASPA, APM Terminals approve container expansion project at Port of MobileSeparately, ASPA and APM Terminals have approved a $49.5m to expand container facility at the Port of Mobile. 

The phase 3 expansion will include dock extension and addition of 20 acres for improved yard to manage excess capacity.

Once operational, the project will hold capacity to handle an annual throughput capacity of 650,000 TEU.  

Part of a fifth phase long-term plan, the 400 ft. dock extension, super Post-Panamax crane rails and upgradation of the fender system will help to handle 14,000 TEU ships.

The extension of 20-acre yard will allow to manage excess capacity at the terminal, helping to accommodate new shipper and carrier business activities.

According to APM Terminals, the dock extension is expected to complete in 24 months, while the yard expansion is in 18 months.

The phase 3 expansion is said to complement the recently completed Phase II investments that delivered 20 acres and installed two new super Post-Panamax cranes to serve containers bound for Walmart’s2.6 million ft² import distribution center at Mobile.

APM Terminals Mobile managing director Brian Harold said: “The Phase 3 expansion enables us to stay well ahead of the growth pattern we’ve seen in the Port of Mobile, as well as add dock space to support the growing vessel sizes that are coming to the terminal. 

ASPA chief executive James Lyon said: “This expansion and our channel deepening and widening program will provide both shippers and carriers with a cost effective, customer service oriented option.”

APM Terminals provides port and cargo inland services with operations in 59 countries, while ASPA owns and operates public and deep-water port facilities at the Port of Mobile.

Image: ASPA and APM Terminals have approved a $49.5m for container expansion project at Port of Mobile. Photo: courtesy of APM Terminals.