ZPMC has been awarded a new contract by APM Terminal to supply 12 remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for the latter’s MedPort Tangier facility being constructed at Tanger-Med II port complex, Morocco.
The STS cranes to be supplied by ZPMC will be fully automated from an office building near the quay, and will also be equipped with a second trolley, as well as optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
Five of the tugs are touted to become the world’s biggest tugs, each with a length of 45m, width of 17m and a direct bollard pull of approximately 150t.
Eight tugs will be equipped with two US 255 fixed pitch thrusters, whereas the remaining five will be powered by US 60 controllable pitch propellers.
Rolls-Royce will additionally supply towing and auxiliary winches for all the 13 vessels, as part of the contract.
The new partnership will also conduct studies to develop engineering specifications for a bunkering vessel adapted to LNG-powered container vessels, and further complement CMA CGM’s existing research programme undertaken since 2011 to design LNG-powered container vessels.