APM Terminals opens Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion
APM Terminals, with its Jordanian partner Kawar Group, recently opened an expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV).
The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 140,000 square feet of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 430,000 square feet of open yard. The facility is expected to serve the Middle East and beyond. ALV’s developed land now encompasses 59 acres with an additional 49 acres expected to be developed within the next two years.
“This modern multi-purpose facility represents a new step for the Port of Aqaba and the Kingdom of Jordan as we continue toward our goal of becoming an essential regional commercial and logistics hub,” said Hakam Abul Feilat, Aqaba Logistics Village CEO. “Our upgraded services and capabilities will help to create an efficient, economical and reliable supply chain for importers and distributors in Jordan, the Levant and inland points in the Middle East.”
ALV’s two distribution-center warehouses are located in close proximity to Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), which is a joint venture between APM Terminals and the Aqaba Development Corporation, and is managed by APM Terminals. The new facilities are intended to focus on light manufacturing including garments and processing aid supplies alongside other goods moving in transit to Iraq.
The expanded ALV’s services include 16 mechanical dock levelers enabling handling of cross-stuffing operations, warehousing capabilities which include storage, handling, picking, sorting, palletizing and other value-added services, and heavy-duty outdoor storage yards, along with available office space on upper levels of the buildings.
The International Committee of the Red Cross became the first major distribution contract concluded for ALV Phase 2 with plans to use Aqaba as a central supply hub for humanitarian aid supplies.
Part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, ACT handled 787,000 TEUs in 2014. A terminal expansion project completed in October 2013 added 460 meters to the existing quay to create a total quay length of 3,200 feet, increasing the annual container throughput capacity to 1.3 million TEUs.