APM Terminals Mobile announces $60 million rail expansion plan

APM Terminals at the Port of Mobile is expanding rail capacity to support logistics growth in the Southeast and Midwest. (Photo: APM Terminals)

APM Terminals Mobile has embarked on a $60 million rail expansion project that will “double capacity for customers” at the Port of Mobile, Alabama.

The terminal adds 12,000 feet of track as well as additional marshalling yard storage and container capacity. The project will also improve access to the Port of Mobile.

Leo Huisman, head of APM Terminals Americas, said the goal of the project is to provide shippers and 3PLs in the US Midwest and Southeast with faster rail loading and departure capabilities from the Port of Mobile.

“Our customers are looking for expanded options for their supply chains, so we are focusing on faster connections to rail providers in the domestic markets,” Huisman said in a press release.

The project is expected to last 24 months. APM Terminals Mobile will double its capacity in the Port of Mobile to over 1 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) by 2025.

Headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, APM Terminals is a port operator with 65 ports around the world.

The 115-hectare APM Terminals Mobile has been in operation since 2008 and offers 650,000 TEU capacity, four Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, a 732-metre deep water berth, 325 reefer container connections and two rail tracks in the dock. The facility is equipped to handle ships of up to 14,000 TEU.

As part of the project, the Port of Alabama Authority is building an overpass bridge for the streets to allow unhindered rail access to and from the facility, which will allow APM Terminals Mobile to offer rail service at the dock.

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The expanded rail facility will also connect APM Terminals Mobile to a planned inland intermodal terminal in Montgomery, also scheduled for completion in 2025.

APM Terminals Mobile’s goal for rail expansion coincides with Port of Mobile’s port channel deepening and widening project, which will accommodate larger vessels entering the global fleet.

“These improvements and our expanded rail facility will ensure our customers’ competitiveness and strengthen Alabama as the logistics corridor of choice,” said Huisman.

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