Cavotec vacuum mooring technology to be installed in Tangier

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Decarbonization efforts at APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will be bolstered by installation of Cavotec’s next-generation vacuum mooring system, MoorMaster NxG.

As part of its two-phase expansion between 2021 and 2025, the Tangier automated transhipment terminal will install the auto-mooring system along the extended section of the quay. This will reduce the time taken by vessels to moor and release, improving operational efficiency and safety and reducing emissions.

The MoorMaster system will reduce the time the tugs are used in port – reducing emissions – and enable faster turnaround times that enable vessels to cruise more slowly and efficiently to and from the port. The system is estimated to reduce ship emissions during berthing by more than 90% due to reduced use of tugs and ship engines.

Once ships are moored, the MoorMaster’s active hydraulics reduce vessel motion, positively impacting the terminal’s crane moves per hour. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier consistently achieved productivity levels above 30 crane moves per hour in 2021 and is on target to increase this to 34 in 2022.

As a result of improved efficiency, average vessel call times are expected to be reduced by an average of two hours – in addition to the saving of one hour due to faster mooring and release times.

The investments at APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is part of a global commitment by APM Terminals to achieving a 70% reduction in absolute emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2040 for operationally controlled terminals.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence, and the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International Awards.

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