APM strengthens Tangier terminal
APM Terminals, a subsidiary of Maersk Group, recently completed the upgrade of its automated terminal in the Port of Tangier, Morocco. The stacking area in Tanger is now organised into 21 storage blocks, with each block operated by two fully automated Kuenz ASC’s.
A Siemens block management system (BMS) provides the link between the TOS and the crane. The BMS optimises the moves of the cranes and is a key element to improving the efficiency of the terminal. In total, Kuenz delivered 42 cranes over the first two phases of the project from 2017-2019, with the terminal officially opening in June 2019.
The cranes in operation, which run full-time in automatic mode, have already handled 1 million teu. “The main reason for the latest success in Tangier was the customer's high satisfaction with the cranes in Rotterdam,” says Guenter Bischof, CEO of Kuenz. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is a Greenfield project, similar to the Port of Rotterdam. (mw)