The Netherlands: APM Terminals Improves Safety Standards

APM Terminals Improves Safety Standards

APM Terminals’ 2011 Sustainability Report shows continued improvement in sustainability performance throughout the company’s global port, terminal and inland services network.

Ongoing work to achieve the highest possible safety standards, reduction of the environmental impact of expanding global operations and positive contributions to the communities in which APM Terminals operate are major highlights of the Sustainability Report – the second of its kind.

APM Terminals continued to be an industry leader in safety performance in 2011 in terms of reducing injuries, as the LTIF rate decreased by 21% compared to the 2010 figure and is at its lowest level ever. LTIF – Lost Time Injury Frequency – is recognized globally as a key indicator for a company’s safety performance. The APM Terminals goal for 2012 is a further 15% reduction in the LTIF rate.

In the report, APM Terminals outlines a detailed plan to manage risks better in four key areas of the complex port operations: Internal traffic, working at heights, falling objects and lashing. The reason behind the plan: Despite progress in the overall safety performance, APM Terminals has yet to achieve a significant reduction in fatal accidents.

There is still much to improve. I am fully committed to the APM Terminals’ goal of zero fatalities and zero incidents,” writes APM Terminals’ CEO Kim Fejfer in his introduction to the report.

In terms of environmental performance, APM Terminals exceeded the target of a 15% decrease in CO2 emissions by 2011 against a 2009 baseline for port facilities by achieving a reduction of 16.5% per Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU). Due to the continued expansion of APM Terminals’ operations and the associated need for new cargo handling equipment, there was an overall increase of 2.1% in the combined absolute CO2 emissions for the company between 2009 and 2011.

In support of the parent A.P. Moller-Maersk Group target of a 10% reduction in relative CO2 emissions, APM Terminals has established a target of a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions per TEU by 2020 for all terminal operations, as measured against a 2010 baseline.

In addition to safety and environmental performance, the report also gives details about the following elements of APM Terminals’ sustainability performance:

• Community engagement and contribution

• Employee engagement, talent development and diversity

• Socio-economic development and effect of port and inland investments

• Anti-corruption and compliance with United Nations Global Compact.

In August 2011, APM Terminals named Johan Breukelaar Head of Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Corporate Responsibility based in The Hague, Netherlands and reporting to the CEO.


Dredging Today Staff, March 23, 2012; Image: apmterminals