APM Terminals MedPort located in Tangier, Morocco, recently announced that the new terminal planned for opening in 2019 would be equipped to handle the very largest of vessels.
To cope with the size of the new ships that carry 22,000 TEU or more, three of the largest ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in the world will be installed at the APM Terminals. These new cranes will help service those ships that ply their trade in the trade lanes of Europe and Asia.
This new installation represents the world’s largest double trolley STS cranes, each crane weighs 2500 metric tons with a height of 144 meters when fully boomed and 72 meters outreach along with the capability to perform tandem/twin-lifts.
The remote-controlled cranes will provide an unequaled service that will ensure a safe, speedy and efficient loading for some of the largest ships in the world. The strategically located APM Terminals MedPort is one of the busiest and most vital shipping hubs in the region with over 60,000 vessels a year passing through the Strait of Gibraltar.
The new terminal will serve as a hub for the Maersk Line and their alliance partners trans-shipments. The hub will also attract more vessels and create new routing options all helping to improve global supply chain performance.
APM Terminals Chief Operating Officer, Keith Svendsen said, “Maersk Line commissioned APM Terminals to build and operate APM Terminals MedPort Tangier so we are designing it around the customer by integrating operational excellence, the most modern cargo handling equipment and an ideal location for connecting global supply chains. This creates the necessary port capacity for the future. Equally important, this port creates another wave of future investment momentum in Morocco as a business and trade center.”
Managing Director APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Dennis Olesen added “These cranes use digital technology to ensure the most efficiency during their movements. This will help us to deliver increased productivity throughout the process from lifting a container box off the ship until it is delivered to its stack in the yard, and vice-versa,”