EMS Albanian Port Operator Starts Active Service
Today EMS Albanian Port Operator Shpk started ofﬁcially operations at the East Terminal in the Port of Durres. EMS APO, full daughter of the German logistics company EMS Shipping & Trading GmbH, Leer, had won the tender this year. The contract was signed in May and has a maturity of 35 years.
“An important day for us“, said Manfred Müller, Managing Director of EMS APO. “There was a lot to do in this short period of time between signing the contract and the starting date. Over the next months we will together with Durres Port Authority continuously work on our common aim to improve the facilities of the East Terminal.”
Jens -Uwe Ströber, Managing Director of EMS APO at the site in Durres, said: “We are starting a new era for both the Port of Durres and EMS-Fehn-Group. With our investment into the East Terminal we show our conﬁdence in the port of Durres. It is already one of the most important ports in the Adriatic and its importance will grow further with the economic development on the Balkans. Together with our sister company German Albanian Logistics Agency here in Durres we are able to provide a full logistical service.”
EMS APO commenced work this morning at 7 o‘clock with as 47-head-strong staff.“We are especially please that our ﬁrst client today is Xhemal Klosi. He is a valued business partner of EMS for a long time”, Mr Ströber said.
One of the mayor factors of success is the deepening of the shipping channel to a draft of 11m. That will allow the berthing of vessels with up to 55.000 dwat at the EMS APO Terminal. Mr Müller said that he is conﬁdent that the Albanian Authorities will soon start the necessary preliminary works to tender the dredging: “Albania is rich in metals and metallic ores that are in high demand. If the port gets the adequate means I am sure that exports will rise substantially”, Mr Müller said. “High ranking members of politics and the administration made it very clear that they are willing to grip this chance that will generate enormous beneﬁts for Albania.”
The EMS APO Terminal is primarily used for the transshipment and storing of bulk cargo such as minerals, mineral ores, coal, clinker, scrap, cement and edible oil. With its 5 cranes the Terminal is also able to serve general cargo vessels. The Terminal offers an overall storage area of 200.000 sqm. It has two berths with a total length of 430m and is equipped with railway facilities. In a further stage a third berth, Berth 12, will be build. In the ﬁrst phase EMS APO aims at a throughput of more than 1million tons per year. After completion of dredging the Terminal is able to handle two supramax vessels and the throughput will climb to more than 2million tons per year.
EMS Shipping & Trading, July 15, 2013