August 12, 2015: APM Terminals and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.) have signed a joint venture agreement to jointly manage and operate Compas S.A.'s existing multipurpose Cartagena Terminal.
While Compas S.A. will continue to be the concession holder, APM Terminals will hold a 51 percent majority share in the joint venture that will run the facility. The transaction is subject to compliance with the necessary formalities with the relevant authorities.
APM Terminals and Compas S.A. will jointly invest over US$200 million in upgrading and expanding the Cartagena Terminal, including state-of-the-art terminal equipment. The upgrade will triple annual throughput capacity for the terminal to handle the larger vessels transiting the widened Panama Canal.
The Compas S.A. Cartagena Terminal has an annual throughput capacity of 250,000 TEUs and 1.5 million tons of general cargo. It becomes the sixth operational Latin American facility within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, which includes interests in operating port facilities in Callao, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santos, Pecém, and Itajaí, Brazil.
APM Terminals' Latin American interests handled an overall combined container throughput of 2.1 million TEUs in 2014.
Compas S.A., headquartered in Bogotá, was formed as a joint venture between Grupo Argos (a Colombian conglomerate with investments in the infrastructure, cement and energy industries) and Southern Port Holding Inc. (formed by the Colombian Echavarría Obregón family and Spanish-based Ership S.A.).
While Compas S.A. is a major terminal operator in Colombia, it also has terminal interests in Houston, Texas (USA) and Panama.
Cartagena, located at the northern tip of South America on Colombia's Caribbean coast, was the second-busiest container port in South America in 2014, and the fifth-busiest in the Latin American/Caribbean Region, with a throughput of 2.23 million TEUs, trailing only Balboa and Colón, Panama; Santos, Brazil and Manzanillo, Mexico in container volume.
APM Terminals has two new deep-water terminals under construction in Latin America at Moin, Costa Rica, and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.
The company made a profit of US$351 million in the first half of 2015.