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Carrix buys Ceres Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure


Seattle, WA Carrix, a leading marine terminal operator in the U.S. and the Americas,  announced  that it has agreed to purchase Ceres Terminals from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III, a fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ceres was established over 60 years ago and now operates in 18 locations throughout North America, including California, Houston, Montreal, Vancouver, B.C. and throughout the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coast regions.

Ceres handles approximately 10 million TEUs annually. Its largest container operation is at the Port of Houston (per photo). Carrix is the parent company of SSA Marine whose 18 terminals across the world handle more than 17 million TEUs a year.

In Vancouver Ceres is the terminal operator of the big Canada Place cruise terminal and also offers stevedoring services for ro/ro vessels at Annacis Island and Richmond. At the Port of Montreal, Ceres is a part owner with Logistec of Termont’s terminals in two locations.

Over the last eight years, Ceres has expanded its stevedoring operations to include a portfolio of terminal concessions that provide on-dock logistics services for shipping containers, roll-on roll-off cargo, breakbulk cargo, and cruise passengers.

“We are excited to expand SSA Marine’s footprint further into the rapidly growing Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions of the United States,” said Uffe Ostergaard, President & CEO of Carrix. “Ceres has built an attractive portfolio of container, cruise, and general cargo operations and customer relationships which will enable us to serve our combined customers in more locations with more services.”

“I am incredibly proud of our employees and the culture we have all built of putting safety and our customers at the center of everything we do,” said Craig Mygatt, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Terminals. “We all look forward to the next chapter of growth with Carrix, a well-renowned terminal operator in North America, and we are confident that the combination will continue to serve our customers, employees and other stakeholders well.”

Carrix is the parent company of SSA Marine and its affiliates with combined operations at over 250 port and rail locations worldwide, including 18 container terminals in Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, Jacksonville, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Vietnam. SSA Marine also operates cruise, auto and other conventional terminals throughout the United States and Canada. Carrix is committed to a sustainable environment and is a member of Green Marine.

(Photo of Port of Houston)