The 7+1 wide and 1-over-5 high units, fitted with Bromma twin-lift spreaders and Kalmar’s autosteering and container position verification system Smartrail, will be delivered by May 2008.
Domenico BagalÃ , managing director of Tangier Medgate SA, said: “As a modern facility and terminal, our decision was influenced by Kalmar’s ability to provide proven, intelligent software that will help aid efficiency and minimise driver error. The Kalmar E-One was the perfect solution to fulfill our need for high productivity combined with minimal environmental impact.”
The new terminal, which has an annual capacity of 3m containers, is located at the crossroads of major east–west and north–south container shipping routes. The greenfield port and intermodal site will offer world-class services and state-of-the-art facilities when it opens in July 2008, say its backers.
Tangier Mediterranean Port, a project which began in 2002 and cost more than US$2bn to build, also features an oil storage facility, a cereals terminal and a passenger port. The Moroccan government plans to spend up to US$18bn to improve the area’s infrastructure, aiming to take advantage of Morocco’s status as the only North African country with free trade agreements with both the US and the European Union.