Assembled in Cadiz, Spain, and shipped two at a time to Morocco using specialist heavy lift vessels, the cranes will provide an initial handling capacity of more than 1.5 million TEU per year.
The final crane entered service in April 2021. The first cranes were commissioned in October 2020, with four more following in succession, allowing the terminal to open for business in January 2021 with six STS cranes.
The ultra large STS will cater for the world’s largest container vessels for an 800m deep-water quay.
The cranes are future-proofed as they can cater for vessels with up to 26 rows stowed across the deck and include fibre-optic cores in the cabling, allowing for fault monitoring and remote diagnostics.
Gerry Bunyan, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Liebherr Container Cranes said, “The handover of these cranes to Tanger Alliance is a key moment for the port.
“Tanger Alliance’s investment in Liebherr STS cranes will be rewarded with industry leading productivity, low operational costs and the knowledge that the cranes will be available as required, to work on the world’s largest vessels for many years to come.”
The cranes were designed and manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. in Ireland. Safety features including laser and ultrasonic anti-collision systems as well as smart slowdowns are installed as standard.
The cranes bring the number of Liebherr STS cranes in Morocco to 12, with four cranes already in operation in Casablanca.