Kalmar Secures Massive Terminal Contract
Kalmar’s biggest single order of horizontal transportation to date will see 30 of its Hybrid Shuttle Carriers delivered to APM Terminals for its MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Marocco, at the end of 2018.
The Tangier-Med 2 port, a greenfield transhipment terminal that is scheduled to be opened in 2019, will serve the major shipping routes between Europe, Africa and Far East in order to handle the significant levels of anticipated cargo traffic in Africa.
The new terminal will have annual capacity of five million TEUs.
The Hybrid Shuttle Carriers have high levels of automation and will also improve Automatic Stacking Crane (ASC) productivity by decoupling the landside operations from quay and truck lane operations at the terminal.
The Kalmar Hybrid Straddle carrier (pictured above) consumes up to 40% less fuel and cuts annual CO2 emissions by over 50 tons per carrier compared to existing diesel-electric designs. Related service and support will also be provided. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2016 fourth quarter order intake.
APM Terminals already operate the APM Terminals Tangier facility at Tangier-Med 1, which started operations in July of 2007 and handled 1.7 million TEUs in 2015.
Tero Kokko, SVP, Automation and Projects at Kalmar, said: “Our equipment will be delivered with high readiness for automation, and we will configure, test and pre-integrate the shuttles so that the future conversion to fully automated horizontal transportation solution can be done quickly. Testing will be done both on- and off-site.”
Orders for the new terminal have been ongoing since last year. Hill International has been awarded the contract to provide project management and supervision engineering services,12 remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 32 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) have been secured.