Kuenz installs first cranes in Africa

In 2016, Kuenz won 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 terminal officially opening in June 2019. Today the cranes are in full operation and have already handled 1 million TEU.

Kuenz has also developed a new concept for on-site 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 allowed to complete assembly of 5 cranes within a 3-day timespan. “The main reason for the latest success in Tanger was the high satisfaction of the customer with the cranes in Rotterdam,” says Guenter Bischof, CEO of Kuenz. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is a Greenfield project, similar to the Port of Rotterdam.

In terminals such as this, large ships are loaded and unloaded using ship-to-shore cranes. In the stacking area, all incoming and outgoing containers are temporarily stored before being loaded onto trucks or other vessels for further transport. The stacking area in Tanger is organized 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 optimizes 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 Kuenz are currently in operation in Hamburg, GER and Rotterdam, AMS, with 20+ more in the process of being commissioned. The 42 ASC’s in Tanger are the first cranes Kuenz has installed on the African continent.