APM Terminals acquires Grup Maritim TCB and its 11 container terminals
APM Terminals has reached an agreement with Perez y Cia to acquire their majority stake in the Barcelo...
APM Terminals has reached an agreement with Perez y Cia to acquire their majority stake in the Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB and its maritime services’ container terminal portfolio in Europe and Latin America. Grup Maritim TCB has 11 container terminals with an annual throughput capacity of 4.3 million TEUs and an estimated annual container volume of 3.5 million TEUs. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year and is subject to certain conditions precedent, including relevant approvals. Terms and price were not disclosed.
Grup Maritim TCB consists of Spanish container terminal concessions in Barcelona, Valencia and Castellon on the Mediterranean coast, along with the concessions in Gijon, on the Bay of Biscay, and in the Canary Islands: Santa Cruz on Tenerife and La Palma on Gran Canaria. Outside of Spain, Grup Maritim TCB’s terminal operations include Izmir, Turkey; Yucatan, Mexico; Quetzal, Guatemala (under construction, opening 2016); Buenaventura, Colombia, on the Pacific Coast; and Paranagua, Brazil.
APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer said “This is an exciting investment for APM Terminals, which adds complementary locations to our portfolio in high growth markets throughout Latin America, in Turkey and a strong gateway presence in Spain. Equally important, Grup Maritim TCB is one of the best run terminal businesses in the market with a history dating back to 1972, when it was first established by the Perez-Maura family in Barcelona. The company has earned a reputation for excellent service and professional people. Being a family company with these attributes makes a combination with APM Terminals a natural fit. I want to thank the Perez-Maura family for entrusting APM Terminals with the legacy of Grup Maritim TCB and look forward to exploring further opportunities of collaborating.”
Grup Maritim TCB CEO, Xavier Soucheiron stated “This agreement with APM Terminals marks a landmark moment in the Grup Maritim TCB journey. We share the same core values and views on how to build on our market momentum, where to invest in port upgrades and improve the entire TCB portfolio for clients. Together we can achieve even more potential in the APM Terminals family.
Joe Nicklaus Nielsen, APM Terminals Vice President and Global Head of Container Port Business Development negotiated the deal and stated “APM Terminals seeks partnerships with best-in-class organizations who can extend our market reach. Working with Xavier Soucheiron and the leaders of Grup Maritim TCB enables us to effectively expand our reach in six countries, enhance our portfolio and achieve our growth goals.”
This latest portfolio expansion of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network increases the number of operating facilities to 74, in 40 countries across five continents.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany