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Video: Siemens Supplies Components For Africa's First Automated Container Terminal
Siemens is supplying the electrical system for the company APM Terminals for the first automated container terminal in Tangier, Morocco. The scope of delivery includes the electrical systems and automation systems as well as the engineering and commissioning of the 32 automated stacking cranes. The cranes are to be used in 16 intelligent storage bin blocks. Siemens supplies these cranes in cooperation with the crane manufacturer Hans Künz GmbH from Austria.
Siemens also supplied the electrical systems for 12 remote-controlled ship-to-shore cranes, each with two trolleys. The Chinese Zhenhua Port Machinery Company placed the order. The terminal is scheduled to go into operation in 2019 and, according to its own statements, will be the world's first transshipment center based on a frontal concept.
Handling capacities for up to 20,000 standard containers
"The use of simulations and digital twins of the cranes in the storage bin allows us flexibility, speed and 'work-through' scenarios," explains Christian Koegl, Vice President of Siemens Cranes. Extended block management with various automation modules and integrated security should ensure safe operation. "These functions helped us to be chosen as the preferred automation partner," says Koegl.
The container terminal is being developed by APM Terminals from The Hague in the Netherlands. The terminal is designed to handle ultra-large container ships, the largest container ships currently in use, and up to 20,000 standard 20-foot (6.096 m) ISO containers. (kj)