The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller has called at the Tanger-Med port in Tangier, Morocco, its latest visit on its first service loop in Maersk Line’s Asia-Europe service.
The 18,000 20-foot-equivalent unit vessel was handled by APM Terminals Tangier, which moved a vessel record of 7,804 TEUs during the port call. While at Tanger-Med, a productivity level of 29 moves per hour was recorded.
The terminal operator has 800 meters (about 2,625 feet) of quay, a 16-meter depth and eight super-post-Panamax cranes, allowing it to accommodate mega-ships. Other APM Terminals facilities with recent visits by the Triple E vessel, as well as productivity records, include Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Aarhus, Denmark; and Gothenburg, Sweden.
“The Straits of Gibraltar are one of the great maritime crossroads of the world, and so we are proud to charge forward into the next phase in the evolution of global shipping, in which we continue to serve as a key transshipment center for the African and South American trade,” said Hartmut Goeritz, APM Terminals Tangier’s managing director, in a written statement.
The mega-ship will next call Singapore and Hong Kong on its return to the Far East through the Suez Canal to complete its first rotation.
APM Terminals released a video of the mega-ship arriving, as well as its welcoming ceremony, at Tanger-Med: