APM Terminals opens Aqaba Logistics Village expansion


APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th. The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility in Jordan includes 13,000 sq m of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 40,000 sq m of open yard and is expected to serve the Levant Region and beyond. ALV’s developed land now encompasses 24 hectares with an additional 20 hectares of area expected to be developed within the next two years.

Aqaba Logistics Village CEO Hakam Abul Feilat said, “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. 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 centre 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 levellers 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 1 km, increasing the annual container throughput capacity to 1.3 million TEUs.