Oakland orders tallest ZPMC cranes for 2020 for US$30 million

TOWERING new cranes - 300 feet or 91

21 February 2019 - 19:00

TOWERING new cranes - 300 feet or 91.4 metres high - are coming to the Port of Oakland next year to handle the latest mega ships, the port authority has announced.

The three cranes will go to the Oakland International Container Terminal on Oakland Estuary. A US$30 million order for the cranes was submitted last week, the port said.

Megaships can be up to 1,300 feet and have a nearly 23,000 TEU, being stacked 12-high above deck on the largest vessels, notes the American Journal of Transportation.

'This demonstrates the faith that business partners have in Oakland as a trade gateway,' said port maritime director John Driscoll.

'There's no more visible sign of a port's growth than installing larger ship-to-shore cranes,' he said.

SSA Terminals, the operator of Oakland International Container Terminal, ordered the cranes from Shanghai-based ZPMC. SSA said it expects the cranes to be delivered in 18 months.

The cranes, which could be 440-feet tall with booms upraised, would be delivered by ship from China. They'd arrive only partially assembled to assure clearance under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


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