New cranes arrive in Port of Vancouver for 25pc box capacity boost
FIVE new ship-to-shore container cranes have arrived at the Port of Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, reports Vancouver's Daily Hive
08 December 2020 - 19:00
A crane carrier went under the Lions Gate Bridge towards the installation destination at the GCT Vanterm terminal, which is located near the northern foot of Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
Global Container Terminals (GCT) said the new equipment will replace two 25-year-old cranes, including one that collapsed after a collision in March last year. A second crane will be taken out of service and removed some time after delivery, installation, and commissioning of the two replacement cranes.
The cranes will be about 18 metres (59 ft) taller than the old one, and instead of the red colour of the old cranes, they will be mainly 'cloud white' colour to 'visually mitigate daytime skyline visibility.'
GCT is spending CAD160 million (US$123 million) to densify and modernise GCT Vanterm, which will increase the terminal's capacity by 25 per cent from 835,000 TEUs to over one million TEU annually - and allow it to handle larger ships within its existing footprint. This increased capacity is expected to create about 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs, and generate $77 million in wages and $187 million in additional GDP annually.
Other upgrades to GCT Vanterm include 10 new rubber-tyre gantry cranes, 19 loaded or empty container handlers, 40 new tractor trailers, and a replacement of the existing ship fendering systems to attract larger vessels.
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