Turkish trade moves to new heights

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In a corner of Izmir in southwest Turkey, APM Terminals’ Mogens Larsen is overseeing the creation of one piece of that critical infrastructure improvement: a much-needed new port. Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest city and its port is nearly at maximum capacity, meaning trade volume in and out will soon overwhelm the port.

At present, the USD 400 million ‘APM Terminals Izmir’ terminal that APM Terminals is building with Turkish partner, Socar Turkey Enerji is only a hilly landscape of mud, rocks and earth-moving machines. But by late 2015 it will be a bustling container terminal employing 300 people and adding 1.2 million containers of capacity, which will more than double the capacity of the existing three terminals serving the Izmir market.

“The Izmir terminal will be a modern, efficient port and with deepwater access for bigger vessels,” says Larsen, managing director of the terminal. “That will make it more attractive to shipping lines and will provide more efficient trade flow into and out of the region.”

Of course, this will depend on improvements to the railway network connecting to the ports, plans for which are included in the state’s USD 250 billion-worth of projects that it intends to complete over the next ten years. Currently, only 1% of cargo reaches Turkish ports like Izmir by rail, contributing to western Turkey’s road congestion. In Europe, the average is 20%

Article taken from the Maersk Post

Read more on how we’re expanding Turkish trade here

Aqaba Container Terminal goes to school

ACT has just launched its third educational campaign, “Ekfal Taleb 3” which will support 500 students in 23 schools across Aqaba. 

The campaign is in line with the company’s long-term strategy to support education reform in Aqaba. It’s also one of the main efforts under the umbrella of education initiatives organised by the ACT Corporate Social Responsibility committee in collaboration with the Directorate of Education in Aqaba.

The primary objective is to empower community members by reducing school dropout rates caused by harsh economic conditions.

​The campaign will deliver schoolbags containing enough educational materials to last an entire school year. This year, a total of 500 schoolbags will be delivered to students in 23 schools throughout Aqaba and its neighbouring suburban areas.

The campaign also covers the costs of school uniforms and secondary education tuition fees for a number of students identified by the Directorate of Education in Aqaba.

The management at ACT believe that private communities nationwide have an active role to play in supporting education within a more balanced, equitable and productive society.

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See how APM Terminals is partnering with the More Than Me foundation in Monrovia, Liberia to offer education to underprivileged girls here

Expanding Turkish trade

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New operating equipment will allow APM Terminals Izmir to service vessels larger than 10,000 TEUs in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The new terminal in Petkim Port will allow shipping lines to upgrade the size of vessels calling Izmir, as well as introduce direct calls from Asia, the sub-continent and the Middle East for vessels larger than 10,000 TEUs. 

“This will be a complete change in Izmir’s role in the global logistics chain. The ordering of these cranes will ensure that APM Terminals Izmir can deliver efficient, reliable and safe operations for these new services, as well as for the larger inter-European trade in Izmir,” said Mogens Larsen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Izmir.

The manufacturing of the three ship-to-shore quay cranes and 10 Rubber Tire Gantry cranes by ZPMC are currently underway in Shanghai, P.R. China, and will be delivered for Phase 1 of the new APM Terminals Izmir facility in summer 2015. 

The STS cranes will have an outreach of 22 containers and will be equipped with the latest safety technology. The RTG cranes will be electric to minimise carbon dioxide emissions and ensure higher productivity.

Izmir, located in the Izmir region on the Aegean coast – one of Turkey’s fastest growing regions – has a population of four million. Export and imports passing through Izmir support close to 20 million inhabitants.

In February 2013, APM Terminals formalised an agreement with Turkish petrochemical company Petkim to operate a new 1.5 million TEU purpose-built container and general deep-water terminal at Petkim Port in Aliağa, Izmir.

Exporters and importers will benefit from the total project investment of USD 400 million that will add urgently needed capacity to the Izmir region.

Phase I is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015, with phase II to be completed one and a half years later.

In 2013, the Turkish economy ranked 16th globally at USD $1.1 trillion (by Purchasing Power Parity), and is among the fastest growing economies in Europe, with annual GDP growth of 3.5% forecast by the World Bank in 2015.

Stranger at home

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Olga Gorbarenko, Financial Expert at Global Ports, talks family life as an expatriate in her home country.

Working for APM Terminals can take you to all corners of the world. A new environment, new cultures, new foods, habits and languages. Living outside your home country is an eye-opening journey. Yet what happens when you move back to the country which saw you grow up?

“In the beginning, I felt like a stranger,” says Olga Gorbarenko, Financial Expert at Global Ports in Moscow, Russia.

Born and raised in Russia’s capital, Olga moved to the Netherlands in 2007 at the age of 27 to study an MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management. Two years later, she joined the APM Terminals Corporate Finance department in The Hague, eventually finding opportunities to work on Russia-related projects, something she was particularly keen on.

In November 2013, Olga packed her suitcases and returned to her home country, this time accompanied by her Dutch husband Roger and three-year old daughter Maya, after having accepted a new position at Global Ports in Moscow to develop, provide input and support to various finance processes.

The decision to move had not been an easy one, as Olga was three-months pregnant with her second daughter Sofie at the time. Yet she took up the challenge - one of several she would encounter along the way.

While Olga had worked in Russia prior to moving to the Netherlands, it was for two international companies. So working for Global Ports is the first time she has worked in a truly Russian culture and had to adapt to an office environment that is structurally different from that of APM Terminals.

“The main challenge for me was the business culture, this was when I realised I had changed while living in the Netherlands where everything is planned and officially defined. In Russia, it is all based on verbal agreement and trust. There is no defined organisational structure or strict split of responsibilities. The main challenge is to understand the role of each person and how to work with one another,” Olga explains.

Besides business, one of the main drivers behind the decision to accept the Global Ports offer and to move to Russia was a family one. Olga and Roger decided to relocate to Moscow to allow Maya – and soon to-be-born sister Sofie - to discover a culture that was theirs but until now, one they had only experienced during summer vacations or at Russian school on Sundays in Voorburg, a suburb of The Hague.

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“I realised that even though Maya understood Russian, she would not be able to properly speak, read or write by staying in the Netherlands. So an opportunity to go to Russia was the best chance for her to learn all of this by immersion, and get a true feel of the culture,” Olga says.

While leaving the Netherlands also entails moving away from a culture that defines their family life, Roger and Olga believe this is the best decision they have made so far. Life in Moscow has brought some contrasting changes from that in The Hague, many of which are welcomed: the capital city is alive 24/7 as opposed to the Netherlands where shops close early evening.

“There are also so many cultural events in Moscow, especially for children, so Roger and I have introduced a routine where every month we take Maya to the theatre, the circus or any one of the numerous children’s activities taking place across the city,” Olga adds. She also appreciates being able to speak her mother tongue on a daily basis.

Ten months down the road, what’s been the biggest lesson from this move?

“The main learning is that family is my first priority. If my family is not happy, I cannot be happy either. While Russia is my home country, it is not for my Dutch husband, so I feel more protective. As I was undergoing the challenge of getting reacquainted with my own country, he himself faced a few challenges, just weeks before my due date, where we were forced to fall back on one another and trust each other which ultimately brought us even closer and strengthened our relationship further.”

New baby Sofie was born in Moscow on 10th  March 2014. Will her first word be in Dutch or in Russian?

Spiderman’s special message

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APM Terminals Poti is known for its ongoing efforts in reaching out to surrounding communities and regularly organising events for children.

On 26th July, APM Terminals Poti welcomed more than 150 children of staff and from the Poti orphanage between the age of 4 and 15 to celebrate Child Safety Day under the theme Remember Child Safety.

The day included a visit to the terminal and discussions about safety hazards at home. Children committed themselves to asking their parents to be safe just before leaving for work. Safety-related drills were also organised, where children were taught how to use fire extinguishers and first aid-training.

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“APM Terminals Poti have made great efforts and a strong commitment towards improving safety performance at the terminal. For the first time this year, we organised Child Safety Day to increase safety awareness of the children. This is everyone’s responsibility, whether you work at the terminal or you are outside the workplace. Safety is a number one priority!” said Temur Kukhaleishvili, Head of HSSE, APM Terminals Poti.

To the delight of the children, a special guest in the name of Spiderman held a performance on the importance of safety when working at heights and the necessity of wearing helmets. The importance of the latter was demonstrated by means of a twist lock and a watermelon: a lock was dropped from height - one onto a onto a bare watermelon and one that was wearing a helmet.

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The day concluded with a concert by local children, support by puppets dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) and seaman uniforms. The Best Safety-related Painting award was also presented to the child who painted the best container with “safe colours”.

“This was a unique opportunity for my eight-year old daughter to see our working environment and gain more information about safety,” said Nino Goguadze, Training Manager, APM Terminals Poti.

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“Fascinated with the port tour and heavy equipment, she enjoyed the happy atmosphere created for children and participated in the Best Safety-related Painting contest. I would like to thank organisers for the wonderful day she had and the long lasting memories,”  Nino Goguadze added. 

Article taken from APM Terminals Quaysite

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