APM Terminals (APMT) MedPort Tangier in Morocco is continuing its expansion project with the arrival of the first of four batches of new dual Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes.
The two cranes are part of a total of eight cranes representing a major investment of €117 million ($129 million).
With an outreach of 82 metres, these dual STS cranes can handle cargo vessels of up to 24,000 TEU.
This equipment addition is anticipated to significantly increase the capacity and turnaround efficiency of terminal operations.
The new STS cranes join a list of other initiatives at the terminal that jointly contributes to APM Terminals’ decarbonisation targets.
These include the addition of 23 hybrid shuttle carriers to the existing fleet of 42, the auto-mooring system which stabilises vessels at berth increasing safety of operations, as well as the shore power initiative the terminal has launched jointly with the Tangier Port Authority.
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Magnus Lundberg, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, said: “The two new cranes will be deployed and fully operational after the summer, to support the operations of our terminal and cater for our future ambitions.”
The newly commissioned equipment comes a week after APMT Quetzal in Guatemala welcomed the WAN HAI A01, one of Wan Hai Lines’ largest containerships.
More recently, APMT Pipavav announced that it will invest around $90 million in a new liquid berth.