Siemens technology for Africa's first automated container terminal

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  • Electrical equipment supplied for 32 automated stacking cranes deployed in 16 intelligent yard blocks and 12 remote-controlled ship-to-shore cranes
  • Modular and open automation concept designed for transparency and future technology upgrades increases productivity and improves safety
  • The first automated container terminal in Africa is capable of handling Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) up to 20,000 TEU

Siemens' scope of supply for APM Terminals MedPort Tangier includes the electrical and automation systems as well as the engineering and commissioning of 32 automated stacking cranes deployed in 16 intelligent yard blocks, which will be delivered in cooperation with innovative crane manufacturer Hans Künz GmbH, Hard (Austria). Siemens will also supply electrical systems used in 12 remote-controlled double trolley ship-to-shore cranes (STS). This order was placed by the Chinese Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), one of the world's biggest crane builders. The terminal, to be opened in 2019, will be the world's first transshipment hub featuring an end loading yard concept.

Siemens technology for Africa's first automated container terminal

APM Terminals MedPort Tangier container terminal featuring 12 double trolley ship to shore cranes and 32 automated stacking cranes in 16 intelligent yard blocks. (Copyright: APMT)

"Use of simulation and digital twins of the cranes in the yard blocks allow for flexibility, speed and work-through scenarios," explains Christian Koegl, Vice President of Siemens Cranes. "Advanced block management together with various automation modules and integrated safety, e.g. for remote control and collision prevention, will lead to safe and productive operations. "These unique features helped Siemens to be chosen as the preferred electrical and automation partner for this flagship terminal", continues Koegl.

This container terminal is developed by APM Terminals from The Hague in the Netherlands to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), which provide capacity for up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

"Use of simulation and digital twins of the cranes in the yard blocks allow for flexibility, speed and work-through scenarios," explains Christian Koegl, Vice President of Siemens Cranes. "Advanced block management together with various automation modules and integrated safety, e.g. for remote control and collision prevention, will lead to safe and productive operations. "These unique features helped Siemens to be chosen as the preferred electrical and automation partner for this flagship terminal", continues Koegl.

This container terminal is developed by APM Terminals from The Hague in the Netherlands to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), which provide capacity for up to 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Source: Siemens