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Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes arrive at Port Everglades

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Florida’s Port Everglades has received three Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes.

The port authority said that the cranes are reportedly the largest low-profile container gantry cranes ever designed and built.

The new cranes are part of the port’s $3 billion 20-Year Master/Vision Plan Update, which will add new cargo berths, expand cruise and energy capacity and improve navigation channels to handle larger ships.

“The state-of-the-art cranes are pivotal to allowing our customers to grow their businesses in Broward County so that they can compete in the global marketplace,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.

“The advantage is that the extended reach of the cranes enables customers to work larger ships and gain economies of scale, thus making Port Everglades more competitive.”

Crane Specifications:

  •            Reach & Lift:            22 Containers Wide, 8 Containers High on Deck
  •            Backreach:              35 Feet/10.6 Meters with Boom Fully Extended
  •            Capacity:                 65 LT/66 MT (Long Tons = 2,240 pounds)
  •            Operational Date:    January 2021
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The three 53 meters high Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes, valued at $13.8 million each, have the ability to handle containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck and reach 22 containers across the ship’s deck.

Port Everglades’ existing seven gantry cranes in the Southport area are 46-metre high and limited to containers stacked six high and can reach across 16 containers. 

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) designed and manufactured the cranes as special ‘low-profile’ models that extend out rather than up to avoid the flight path of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Port Everglades has an option to buy three more of the same cranes.

In addition to purchasing the new cranes, the seven existing low-profile Post-Panamax gantry cranes in Southport will be upgraded to a lift capacity of 65 tons from the current 46.5 tons that will add the capability to perform twin-picks (lifting two containers at a time).

“All the cranes are being fitted with lighting that reduces the impact on nesting sea turtles by using lower light levels and limits the amount of light that spreads on the ground,” the port said.

The port is lengthening the Southport Turning Notch from 274 meters to 731.5 meters to allow for up to five new cargo berths which will add about 730,000 TEUs to the port’s capacity.

Construction for the $471 million project is ongoing and expected to be complete by late 2022.

Port Everglades is also working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the port’s navigation channels from 12 metres to 14-15 metres and to widen narrower sections of the channel for safe vessel passage.