Kalmar is set to upgrade four ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for Eurogate Tanger in Morocco to enable the facility to serve mega-sized container vessels.
The Swedish manufacturer will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the entire project, which involves heightening the four STS cranes by 11 m and extending the booms by six m.
Eurogate Tanger S.A’s CEO Andrea Cervia said: “With this investment, which is the biggest since the commencement of operations in 2008, Eurogate Tanger terminal (EGT) will be ready from the second half of next year to accommodate the latest generation of Ultra Large Container Ships (ULVCs).”
EGT has a quay length of 812 m, a terminal area of 400,000 sq m and a water depth of up to 18 m and is well-equipped to handle the new generation of container ships with a fleet that already includes several Kalmar machines, including rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).
Booked in Cargotec’s 2019 third-quarter order intake, the project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2020 and will be completed by the second quarter of 2021.
Eduardo Prat, Kalmar’s vice president of sales for Kalmar Automation Solutions, said: “Eurogate Tanger has been an important partner of ours for many years so we are delighted to be able to help them future-proof their operations ready for handling the next generation of mega-size vessels.”