PART of Kalmar’s Q3 2019 order book, a lucrative deal has been made with long-term customer EUROGATE Tanger in Morocco to upgrade the capabilities of four ZPMC ship-to-shore cranes.

The EUROGATE Tanger container terminal is on the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco, making it an ideal transhipment hub for the western Mediterranean, Africa, as well as the Americas. With a quay length of 812 metres, a terminal area of 400,000 square metres and a water depth of up to 18 metres, the facility is well-equipped to handle the new generation of container ships.

The terminal’s equipment fleet already includes several Kalmar machines, including rubber-tyred gantry cranes.

Kalmar will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the entire project, which involves heightening the four STS cranes by 11 metres and extending the booms by six metres. The upgrade will enable the terminal to serve mega-sized container vessels.

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“With this investment, which is the biggest since the commencement of operations in 2008, EGT will be ready from the second half of next year to accommodate the latest generation ultra large container ships with a capacity of 23,000 TEU working up to 25 rows across,” Andrea Cervia, CEO, EUROGATE Tanger said.

“In this way we are looking to the future, because we intend to confirm and extend our role as the transshipment-hub of choice in the Mediterranean, enabling us to continue to offer a top-level service to our customers.”

The project is scheduled to commence in Q1 of 2020 and be completed in Q2 2021.

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