Inland services of APM Terminals to be folded into Maersk Logistics & Services

P. Manoj MUMBAI | Updated on May 17, 2019 Published on May 17, 2019

Ajit Venkataraman named new MD of Gujarat Pipavav Port

The seven inland service facilities run by APM Terminals in India will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from August 1 as part of a global strategy rolled out by the Danish transport giant, AP Moller-Maersk Group, to offer end-to-end solutions to customers.

APM Terminals is the port operating unit of AP Moller-Maersk Group A/S, which also runs Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container shipping company.

The inland services portfolio -- currently housed under APM Terminals -- is a network of inland terminals around the globe, consisting of 36 business units spread over 100 locations.

In India, it runs two inland container depots (ICDs) – one each in Pune and Dadri - and five container freight stations (CFS) – two in Mumbai and one each in Chennai, Mundra and Tuticorin.

By bringing together all operational skills and capabilities within logistics, would create a base for growth and enable Maersk to excel in execution within logistics and services products, the company said.

“APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of inland services, would continue to focus on ocean transportation as well as logistics and services product development and delivery,” Søren Toft, EVP and Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moller-Maersk, said.

“By structurally adding inland services to Maersk, customers will have seamless access to a wider range of logistics and services offerings. It puts Maersk in an even better position to differentiate its offering and scale the logistics and services portfolio to an even broader customer base,” Toft added.

As part of the rejig, Ajit Venkataraman, currently Managing Director, South Asia at APM Terminals Inland Services, has been named Managing Director of Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd from June 1.

APM Terminals will continue to serve shipping line and land-side customers with services on and around the port premises, such as traditional storage and terminal handling, as well as newly developed services such as ‘fast gates’.

While focusing on its core offering, APM Terminals would also continue to collaborate with Maersk for customers looking for end-to-end solutions.

“The even closer collaboration would enable both APM Terminals and Maersk to reduce complexity and eliminate service overlaps, so that both brands can focus on their core strengths and provide greater value and a better experience to customers,” Morten Engelstoft, CEO APM Terminals and EVP A.P. Moller-Maersk, said.

Today, Inland Services offers a vast array of services for both shipping line and landside customers. For shipping line customers, the offering of Inland Services centres around depot, container equipment maintenance and repair and transportation. For landside customers, Inland Services integrates their supply chains locally through services such as transportation solutions, CFS and warehouse, depots and temperature-controlled handling and storage environments.

Published on May 17, 2019
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