42 Kuenz ASCs in full operation at Tanger Med 2

42 Kuenz ASCs in full operation at Tanger Med 2
The cranes were ordered for APMT MedPort Tangier

Kuenz has brought 42 automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) into full operation at Tanger Med 2, the new automated terminal at the Port of Tanger in Morocco.

Having been awarded a contract by the terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT), the cranes were delivered over the first two phases of the project from 2017-2019.

The cranes, which run full-time in automatic mode, have already handled 1m teu at APMT MedPort Tangier, which is a greenfield project with similarities to the Port of Rotterdam’s automated terminals at the Maasvlakte II.

Guenter Bischof, CEO of Kuenz, said: “The main reason for the latest success in Tanger was the high satisfaction of the customer with the cranes in Rotterdam.”

Kuenz has developed a new concept for on-site assembly, installing the hinges between the main girder and the beams, allowing the cranes to be assembled on the ground and easily erected afterwards.

The process proved successful, allowing complete assembly of five cranes within a three-day timespan.

In greenfield automated terminals, large ships are loaded and unloaded using ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, while incoming and outgoing containers are temporarily stored in the stacking area before being loaded onto trucks or other vessels for further transport.

The stacking area in Tanger Med is organized into 21 storage blocks, with each block being operated by two fully automated Kuenz ASCs.

A Siemens Block Management System (BMS) is the link between the TOS and the crane, optimising the moves of the cranes and is allowing the terminal to operate as efficiently as possible.

ASCs are one of Kuenz’s bestselling products with more than 120 stacking cranes in operation in Hamburg and Rotterdam. More than 20 are in the process of being commissioned while the 42 units in Tanger Med are the first cranes the manufacturer has installed in Africa.

The newest generation of the company’s stacking cranes features a round, aerodynamic design of the main girders in contrast to traditional construction.

This is meant to provide a lower wind attack area, requiring less drive power and therefore leading to lower energy consumption and reduced dynamic force on the drive wheels, crane tracks and civil works.