The Tangier-Med 2 port is a greenfield transshipment terminal that is scheduled to be opened in 2019. It will serve the major shipping routes between Europe, Africa and Far East and respond to the anticipated significant cargo traffic increase in Africa in the coming years, according to a company statement.
Kalmar vice president Tero Kokko said he was happy that APM Terminals opted for the company's hybrid shuttle carriers. "Our equipment will be delivered with high readiness for automation, and we will configure, test and pre-integrate the shuttles so that the future conversion to fully automated horizontal transportation solution can be done quickly. Testing will be done both on- and off-site," he said.
The Kalmar Hybrid Straddle carrier is a field proven product, consuming up to 40 per cent less fuel and cutting annual CO2 emissions by over 50 tons per carrier compared to existing diesel-electric designs.
APM Terminals already operates the APM Terminals Tangier facility at Tangier-Med 1, which started operations in July of 2007 and handled 1.7 million TEU in 2015. The new terminal will have annual capacity of five million TEU.