Starting in Uruguay with a simple logistics and storage base in 2006, Montevideo is now the main logistics hub for Aker BioMarine. With 15,000 m2 warehousing space in total, complete with custom re-packaging facilities, it is expected that in coming years the company will become one of Uruguay’s biggest exporters by tonnage.
A crucial logistics and distribution hub for Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic operations, krill is taken from harvesting vessels by supply ships and off-loaded in Montevideo up to ten times a year. Taking seventy port workers, just thirty-six hours to offload between 3-4,000 MTs of krill meal, it is then forwarded to the brand new 10,000 m2 Frimosa warehouse, and then onwards to customers worldwide.
Having just successfully completed its debut Antarctic krill harvesting season, Antarctic Endurance, the 130-meter state of the art vessel, pays a visit to Montevideo port to celebrate the role Uruguay plays in Aker BioMarine’s global operations. With Antarctic Endurance added to the company’s fleet, volumes into Uruguay are expected to almost double in the coming years.
Matts Johansen, CEO Aker BioMarine, said that “being able to call Uruguay our home-base has enabled us to continuously scale and optimize our operations. It is the foundation of our global supply chain, and so it is really special for Antarctic Endurance to dock here, as a token of appreciation to the Uruguayan team for their expertise, hard work, and commitment.”