Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ever Larger Container Ships Leads to More Heavy Duty Port Programmes

Post-Panamax Vessels Proving a Boon to Crane Manufacturers
Shipping News Feature

US – CHINA – The ever larger new generation of container vessels is causing a boom in the quayside equipment needed to handle the bigger ships and PortMiami is the latest customer for the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co, with four of its new Super Post-Panamax cranes en route to the East Coast port.

The cranes are due to arrive in Miami in September as part of the ports ongoing $2 billion improvement programme. This includes deepening the approach channel to fifty feet and the whole project has a familiar ring to it, across the Atlantic the Shanghai manufacturing group is supplying twenty four similar cranes to London Gateway and in addition to the dredging, as with that scheme, Miami is undertaking major rail and road works to manage larger intermodal volumes.

The acquisition strengthens the Florida outfits position in the industry as, with the arrival of the four new cranes, PortMiami will have six Super Post-Panamax cranes and will be the only port south of Norfolk, Virginia able to accommodate Post-Panamax vessels. With an outreach of 223 feet, the new gantry cranes will service cargo vessels up to twenty-two containers wide with up to nine containers high above deck and eleven containers below deck. In keeping with PortMiami’s commitment to sustainability, the cranes are fully electric and are equipped with control systems to record all crane activity. PortMiami Director Bill Johnson, commented:

“The arrival of four additional Super Post-Panamax cranes is an important milestone for our Port. The new cranes complement our existing nine cranes, adding capacity and helping PortMiami to become one of the most efficient and modern ports on the East Coast. New equipment will also play an important role in preparing PortMiami for the expected doubling of container cargo traffic.”

Photo: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries maintains its own fleet of vessels to deliver the giant cranes