New PCTC gateway inaugurated in Port Freeport, TX; USA
On June 29th, 2015, Höegh Asia made the maiden call at the Horizon Terminal, the newly built Vehicle Facility at the Port of Freeport, TX, USA.
The terminal is operated by Horizon Terminal Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Höegh Autoliners Logistics AS and has been developed between Horizon Terminals and Port Freeport.
Per Folkesson, President of Höegh Autoliners Inc and Director of Horizon Terminals says;
"We have been calling in the U.S. Gulf now for a number of years, mainly carrying project and heavy cargoes in to the area. Given the supply chain challenges facing the North American market we saw an opportunity to build a first-of-a-kind multi-user vehicle facility which will greatly increase efficiency to the Automotive Industry for exports and particularly for inbound flows."
"Being able to now handle imports through a state-of-the-art facility to a fast growing state like Texas and other neighboring states will reduce lead time, cost, alleviate pressure on inland transportation and not the least have a positive impact on the environmental footprint as opposed to hauling vehicles from the west or east coasts of the U.S. to the mid-Gulf region. We are of the belief that this facility can equally become a relevant entry point also for Mexican production as some of the vessel capacity calling Freeport will be proceeding from Mexican ports.’’
The terminal will have two processing centers, a VPC handling the Automotive market offering a wide range of technical services for both outbound and inbound vehicle flows and a EPC handling the Heavy Equipment market, equally offering a wide range of technical, staging and distribution services through a purpose built facility having heavy lift capability and further under cover storage areas.
Per further elaborates, ‘’Port Freeport shared the same vision as us seeing the potential a vehicle terminal could have in the region. Key is of course the infrastructure, which is very good in Freeport, and capacity. The current development of phase 1 and 2 has an annual throughput capacity of about 135.000 vehicles while the expansion depending on future demand can be built out for another 500.000 vehicles annual throughput. Thus the capacity potential is significant. Beyond these two factors, we operate 24/7 in a non-TWIC environment, we have put in place a sheltered delivery infrastructure which gives the market a kind of VIP treatment delivering products to the terminal and we are currently working with the port planning a new and improved rail infrastructure on the terminal.
Horizon Terminals have entered in to agreements with Amports of Jacksonville for management of the VPC and Red Hook Terminals of New York for management of the EPC and Terminal Operations, two highly reputable companies within their respective fields and driven by quality.
For further inquiries, please contact:
Per Folkesson, President of Höegh Autoliners Inc, +1 904 200 7359
Øyvind Ervik, Head of ShortSea and Logistics, +47 4003 9615
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