Company: APM Terminals Crane & Engineering Services
The first visit of the Business Tour was a day-visit, with in the morning a visit to the office of APM Terminals Crane & Engineering Services (CES) and afterwards a visit to the Shanghai East Container Terminal, operated by APM Terminals in corporation with the Shanghai International Port Group Company (SIPG).
After a cup of coffee and a pleasant welcome by the full staff of CES, an interesting presentation about the company was given to us by Managing Director Halfdan Ross. CES is a third party company that provides independent consulting services for crane engineering, quality assurance, commissioning and procurement project management.
The company is founded in 2004 and became a separate business unit with APM Terminals in February 2009. It follows the lead of its parent company in business development strategy and has a specialization in the design, procurement and installation of STS cranes, RTG cranes and other heavy terminal equipment. The company has the responsibility for these specializations for the whole APM Terminals Global Network. Since the start of CES as Technical services for APM Terminals in 2004, there have been more than 200 ship to shore cranes and 400 yard cranes build. These cranes are built for more than 40 different projects. The company has an accumulated crane and engineering experience of more than 200 years, which ensures a high quality of delivered work. Another important part for the high quality work that CES is delivering, is that the company keeps close contact with all their customers that operate container terminals. These companies provide regular feedback on actual crane operations, which will be used in combination with the on-going experiences from the maintenance & repair teams to ensure a continuous improvement on new crane projects. This is necessary in a market where the containerships are still getting bigger and bigger. The full package of knowledge is what CES makes the biggest of its kind. They have a good communication with ZMPC, the largest crane builder on the market. This contact results in continuous innovation and new type of cranes.
In the afternoon we went to the SECT, the Shanghai East Container Terminal. This is a joint venture terminal of APM Terminals and Shanghai International Port Group in the Waigaoqiao port area of Shanghai. With the strategic location close to the entry of the Yangtze River, SECT is aiming to be the world leading container terminal in China and rendering first class service to our liner customers. The visit of the terminal started with a presentation about the terminal and its vision. After this we went for a roundtrip over the huge area. With the philosophy “high performance, productivity, efficiency and reliability with superior customer service” SECT is trying to set high goals for itself which, in the first 4 years, already resulted in two notifications in the “Top Ten Container Terminals in China”. During our stay on the port area there was just a little activity, but still it was an impressive view of the area. A notable point for this terminal is that there is no train connection, because the mainland of China is best to reach via the Yangtze River. This is of course a lot cheaper with such a big hinterland. After an impressive and interesting first day of our trip in Shanghai we went back to our hostel nearby Nanjing Road.