Tanger Alliance, a subsidiary of Marsa Maroc, Contship Italia, Eurogate International and Hapag-Lloyd, received its first container vessel on January 1st, 2021.
The arrival of the first vessel marks the start of commercial operations at TC3 at the Complex of Tanger Med Port. The first ULCS (Ultra Large Container ship) vessel arrives after 18 months of construction and an investment of EUR 175m.
In accordance with the concession agreement signed with Tanger Med 2 (TM2), Tanger Alliance was responsible for the overall construction of TC3’s superstructure and equipment, human resources, and all other necessary works to ensure the success of TC3’s operational launch.
The terminal operates an area of 360,000m2, an 800m quay length, with 18m water depth. Equipment-wise, the terminal has 8 ship-to-shore cranes (STS) 25 rows across, enabling it to handle the world’s largest container ships, with a container storage yard equipped with 22 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG) and 40 terminal trucks. Upon full commissioning, the terminal will have the capacity to handle 1.5 million TEU.
Management team expresses its satisfaction for the start-up of commercial operations: “We are confident that this new terminal will play a decisive role in the Tanger Med Port complex” – said jointly Antonio Capula and Said Asbaai, members of the Management Board of Tanger Alliance – “This brand-new terminal will further boost the capabilities available for global carriers in the Gibraltar straits, one of the most strategic crossroads for global and regional trade lanes”.