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42 Kuenz ASCs in operation at TM2, Morocco

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In 2016 Kuenz was awarded a contract with APM Terminals, a subsidiary of Maersk Group, to deliver 42 ASCs to a new automated terminal in the Port of Tanger, Morocco. Kuenz delivered all 42 cranes over the first two phases of the project from 2017 - 2019, with the terminally officially opening in June 2019. The cranes, which run full-time in automatic mode, have already handled 1 million TEU.

Kuenz developed a completely new concept for onsite assembly. Hinges were installed 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 3 day timespan.

The customer APM Terminals is one of the world's leading port operators. “The main reason for the latest success in Tanger was the high satisfaction of the customer with the cranes in Rotterdam,” said Guenter Bischof, CEO of Kuenz. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is a Greenfield project, similar to the Port of Rotterdam.

New stacking concept

In terminals such as this, large ships are loaded and unloaded using ship-to-shore cranes. The stacking area in Tanger is organised into 21 storage blocks, with each block being operated by two fully automated Kuenz ASC’s.

A Siemens Block Management System (BMS) is the link between the TOS and the crane. The BMS optimises the moves of the cranes and is a key element to allow the terminal to operate as efficiently as possible.

More than 120 stacking cranes from the company are currently in operation in Hamburg, GER and Rotterdam, AMS, with over 20 more in the process of being commissioned. The 42 ASC’s in Tanger are the first cranes it has installed on the African continent.

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