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MOBILE, Ala. – APM Terminals and the Alabama Port Authority have signed an agreement to add 32 acres to the current 134-acre container terminal yard to keep pace with future demand. The expansion will bring the facility’s annual throughput capacity to one million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) and will allow the terminal to handle cargo containers from larger ships (14,000 TEU ships).
The $104 million terminal expansion will begin later this year. The first 19 acres are expected to be completed in 2024 and the remaining 13 acres by early 2025.
“APM Terminals is extremely excited by this next step. This is our third expansion in six years, which underscores the high level of demand by the shipping community to utilize the Mobile gateway,” said Brian Harold, managing director of APM Terminals Mobile. “We have high growth aspirations for our Mobile facility and this next infrastructure improvement will help ensure that we meet those expectations in full.”
As part of the expansion, APM Terminals will purchase two, new super post-panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes and related support equipment to complement the current four cranes.
“We have a great partner in APM Terminals and incredible community support to further world class infrastructure for our carriers and shippers,” said John C. Driscoll, director and chief executive officer of the Alabama Port Authority. “This added capacity will allow our port to keep pace with demand and maintain fluidity and service for our customers.”
The expansion will account for about 80 new jobs with an average annual salary of $143,000.
“APM Terminals and the Alabama Port Authority’s continued investment in our community speaks to the strength of Mobile’s economy and the future of our Port,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Today’s announcement means more good-paying jobs for our citizens and the continued development of our region as a hub for global logistics supply and distribution.”
“This investment is further proof that Mobile County is the gateway for containerized cargo along the central gulf coast. Mobile is proud to be home to APM Terminals and their continued investment in our community,” said Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson.
According to APM Terminals, April 2022 container volumes through the port showed a 39.7% increase over April 2021 volumes. The port’s intermodal container transfer facility posted 112.6% growth during the same period. Refrigerated cargo also maintained its double-digit growth, posting a 57.9% gain over the same period.
“This is great news for the future of economic development in our region,” said Mobile Chamber Vice President of Economic Development David Rodgers. “Additional capacity at the port makes Mobile even more attractive to site selectors considering our area for future growth.”
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,800 members and the economic developer of record for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. Thanks to the support of the Chamber’s Partners for Growth public and private investors, from 2011 to date, Mobile’s economic development efforts have created 7,657 new jobs and retained 502 more. Capital investments topped $5.4 billion, including 32 new businesses recruited and 59 expansion projects at existing area companies. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.