APM Terminals Tangier handles 7,804 TEU to perform largest Triple-E operation to date
The 18,000 TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller blazed a trail of record productivity as the world’s largest ship visited a number of container terminals in the APM Terminals network.
The latest example was a visit to Tangier at Morocco’s Tanger-Med port facility, where a vessel record of 7,804 TEU was handled during the port call. While at Tanger-Med, a productivity level of 29 moves per hour (MPH) was recorded while working the world’s largest vessel.
“The Straits of Gibraltar are one of the great maritime crossroads of the world, and so we are proud to charge forward into the next phase in the evolution of global shipping, in which we continue to serve as a key transshipment center for the African and South American trade” said APM Terminals Tangier managing director, Hartmut Goeritz.
More than over 200 cargo vessels pass through the Straits of Gibraltar every day carrying cargoes between Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The Tangier-Med Phase I container terminal, which opened in July of 2007, is owned and operated by APM Terminals and the Moroccan Akwa Group. APM Terminals Tangier handled 1.23 million TEUs in 2012, an increase of four percent over volumes record in 2011.
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller will next call Singapore and Hong Kong on its return to the Far East through the Suez Canal to complete its first service loop.