Automated cranes to add productivity and capacity to Morocco’s Tanger-Med port

APM Terminals has announced orders for automated cranes at Morocco’s Tanger-Med port. The orders include 12 remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 32 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) to equip the 5m TEUs facility, now under construction at the Tanger-Med II port complex.

The container terminal will be the second operated by APM Terminals at the Tanger-Med port complex designed to serve the newest Ultra-Large Container Ships with capacities up to 20,000 TEUs. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will have up to 2,000 m of quay length and increase the Tanger-Med complex’s overall capacity to over 9m TEUs. The facility complements APM Terminals Tangier which handled 1.7m TEUs in 2015. According to APM Terminals, the two terminals promise to give a competitive edge to liner operators and global supply chain executives.

The Managing Director of APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Dennis Olesen, said, “Our goal is to use proven technology to create high-productivity for our clients on one of the world’s most strategically important trade lanes on the Strait of Gibraltar”.

Opening in 2019, the deep-water terminal will employ both conventional and fully-automated operations and a truck gate system. The STS cranes will be delivered at the end of 2017 by Shanghai-based ZPMC, and feature full automation, including a remote crane operator safely located in an office building near the quay, a second trolley, and Optical Character Recognition technology. The 32 ARMGs will be delivered at the end of 2017 by Austrian-based Künz and deployed in 16 container yard blocks, each serviced by two ARMGs.  

Source: APM Terminals