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APM Terminals to increase refrigerated storage capacity at Port of Limón-Moin in Costa Rica

LBR Staff Writer Published 20 October 2015

APM Terminals has unveiled plans to expand refrigerated export capabilities at the Port of Limón-Moin in Costa Rica.

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The company intends to allocate 60% to 70% of the terminal, equipped with modern technology, to refrigerated storage capacity, to accommodate the expected growth.

The capacity will be increased to serve the larger vessels that carry fresh fruits such as pineapples and bananas, to the Latin American markets.

Recently, APM Terminals awarded a contract to an undisclosed firm for the supply of six electric powered STS cranes and 29 electric-powered rubber tire gantry cranes (eRTGs), which will be used in developing 1.3 million TEU capacity deep water container terminal.

The Phase one of the project is expected to be completed in 2018. Other developments at the project include the construction of a new 1.5km breakwater with a 40ha container yard, 600m of quay and two berth installed with six post-Panamax cranes.

Once the final phase of the project is completed, the facility will cover an area of 80ha with 1500m of quay, five berths, a 2.2km breakwater and an access channel 18m deep. It wil serve as shipping hub for the Caribbean and Central America.

APM Terminals Costa Rica managing director Kenneth Waugh said: "The future of temperature-controlled shipments is containers, and the larger containerships dedicated space to reefer cargoes.

"The advanced technology of APM Terminals Moin next-generation cranes will improve safety as well as efficiency, with improved environmental performance essential to handling these ships and attracting more business for Costa Rica in the port, and across the country."

The firm plans to open the expanded Panama Canal in 2016, which will allow vessels with 12,500 TEU capacity to pass through the canal, while the current port is limited to vessels of 2,500 TEU capacity.


Image: APM Terminals will expand refrigerated export capabilities at the Port of Limón-Moin. Photo: courtesy of APM Terminals.