TC3 terminal running at full capacity with eight Liebherr cranes


Liebherr cranes at the TC3 terminal

Tanger Alliance has received the last two of eight Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the TC3 terminal in Tanger Med, Morocco, bringing the facility’s capacity to over 1.5 million tev per year.

The last crane entered service in April 2021 while the first two cranes were put into service in October 2020, four more in quick succession, allowing the terminal to open in January 2021 with six cranes.

These are the first Liebherr STS cranes from Tanger Med and were assembled at a remote site in Cadiz, Spain, before being shipped two at a time to Morocco.

Gerry Bunyan, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Liebherr Container Cranes, said: “Handing over these cranes to Tanger Alliance is a key moment for the port.

“Tangier Alliance’s investment in Liebherr STS cranes will be rewarded with peak productivity, low operating costs and the knowledge that the cranes will be available as needed, to work on the world’s largest ships for many years to come. years to come.

Designed and manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes in Ireland, the cranes have a reach of 72m, a rail lift height of 54m, a reach of 30.48 and a rear reach of 22m.

The safe working load under the double lift spreader is 65 tons and the extra large STS cranes are future proof, able to meet the needs of vessels with up to 26 rows stowed on the deck.

The cranes include fiber optic cores in cabling, fault monitoring and remote diagnostics, as well as safety functions such as laser and ultrasonic anti-collision systems as well as intelligent slowdowns installed as standard.

ALE Heavylift Madrid (Mammoet) participated in the assembly and transport of the cranes, which were ordered between March and November 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2020 and 2021.

Thanks to local support, Mammoet staff and experienced Liebherr engineers, the project was able to proceed with minimal disruption.

There are now twelve Liebherr STS cranes in service in Morocco, with four cranes already in service in Casablanca.

The Tanger Alliance container terminal has a quay length of 800 m, a terminal area of ​​360,000 m² and a water depth of 18 m.

It is ready to operate on the newest and largest container ships and represents a partnership of Marsa Maroc, Eurogate & Contship Italia and Hapag-Lloyd.

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