Global depot and port terminal operators, APM Terminals, launched its operations in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth earlier last week.
The launch has paved the way in establishing a modern, first-class depot to meet the needs and expectations of shipping lines and cargo owners. APM expects to create 20 full-time jobs and space for about 15 seasonal workers on short-term contracts.
The R25m investment, in the first phase, will provide for a full range of services for dry and reefer containers, which will include land-side services such as repairs, handling, storage, monitoring and container conversion. APM Terminals will also operate a trucking yard from its depot.
Imtiaz Mahomed-Ally, APM Terminals chief operations officer and director said: “In today’s time of containerisation you need a strong land-side operation or service levels will be affected and the cost of doing business will rise, paralysing our ability to compete globally.”
Mahomed-Ally said they had long been keen to be involved with Coega IDZ on its horizon as a site for expansion on the African continent.
“A Nelson Mandela Bay depot has always been part of our plan. We were just waiting for the port of Ngqura to be fully operational and shipping lines to show commitment to use this port before we embarked in a depot investment in the Coega IDZ. This also represents a commitment from APM Terminals and our sister companies Maersk and Safmarine. It shows we are fully behind the success of both Ngqura and Coega IDZ .”