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Kalmar Upgrades Mediterranean Terminal to Serve Mega-Vessels

Kalmar Upgrades Mediterranean Terminal to Serve Mega-Vessels

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with long-term customer EUROGATE Tanger (EGT) in Morocco to upgrade four ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, as part of the terminal’s expansion plans.

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According to a statement, the order was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q3 order intake and the project is scheduled to commence in Q1 2020 and be completed in Q2 2021.

The EGT container terminal is conveniently located on the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco, which makes it the ideal transshipment hub for the western Mediterranean, Africa, as well as North and South America.

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With a quay length of 821 meters, a terminal area of 400,000 m2 and a water depth of up to 18 meters, the facility is well-equipped to handle the new generation of containerships. The terminal’s equipment fleet already includes several Kalmar machines, including rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs).

Furthermore, Kalar will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the entire project, which involves heightening the four STS cranes by 11 meters and extending the booms by six meters.

The project with Kalmar will help the terminal serve mega-sized container vessels.

Andrea Cervia, CEO, Eurogate Tanger S.A., said: “With this investment, which is the biggest since the commencement of operations in 2008, EGT will be ready from the second half of next year to accommodate the latest generation Ultra Large Container Ships with a capacity of 23,000 TEUs working up to 25 rows across.

“In this way we are looking to the future, because we intend to confirm and extend our role as the transshipment-hub of choice in the Mediterranean, enabling us to continue to offer a top-level service to our customers.

“We decided to partner with Kalmar once again because of the proven track record and technical expertise of their dedicated crane upgrades team.”

Eduardo Prat, Vice President, Sales, Kalmar Automation Solutions, also spoke: “EUROGATE Tanger has been an important partner of ours for many years so we are delighted to be able to help them future-proof their operations ready for handling the next generation of mega-size vessels.

“Our track record and expertise in these kinds of crane upgrade projects is exemplary, and we are the only provider capable of completing the work in such a short timescale.”