The New Tanger Alliance Terminal (TC3), a collaboration between Marsa Maroc, Contship Italia, Eurogate International and Hapag-Lloyd, is now operational after receiving its first containership at the Complex of Tanger Med Port.
According to a statement from Contship Italia, the vessel arrived on 1 January 2021 and marks the beginning of commercial operations at TC3. The ultra large container ship (ULCS) arrived 18 months after the terminal was constructed at a cost $211.23 million (€175 million).
In accordance with the concession agreement signed with Tanger Med 2 (TM2), Tanger Alliance was responsible for the overall construction of TC3’s superstructure and equipment, human resources, and all other necessary works to ensure the success of TC3’s operational launch.
The terminal operates an area of 360,000m2, an 800m quay length, with 18m water depth.
Regarding equipment, the terminal has eight ship-to-shore cranes (STS) 25 rows across, enabling it to handle the world’s largest container ships, with a container storage yard equipped with 22 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG) and 40 terminal trucks.
Upon full commissioning, the terminal will have the capacity to handle 1.5 million TEU.
In a joint statement, the management team of the Tanger Alliance said: “We are confident that this new terminal will play a decisive role in the Tanger Med Port complex.
“This brand-new terminal will further boost the capabilities available for global carriers in the Gibraltar straits, one of the most strategic crossroads for global and regional trade lanes”.