Thursday, March 18, 2010

Evergreen Oakland Terminal Greets Three New Gantry Cranes

Evergreen Marine Corp.'s terminal at the Port of Oakland has taken delivery on three new state-of-the-art container gantry cranes.

The 1,500-ton, 324-foot-tall cranes, each costing upward of $10 million, arrived in the Bay Area Tuesday, sliding under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges on their way to the port with less than 20 feet of clearance.

Classified as Super Post-Panamax cranes, each features a horizontal boom arm that can reach out more than 200 feet over docked vessels. This will allow the cranes, once operational, to handle 24-container-wide vessels, the widest vessels currently in common use in the world container fleet.

The cranes will be installed at the 58-acre Nutter Marine Container Terminal, where Evergreen currently calls.

Built by Shanghai-based manufacturer ZPMC, the three new cranes bring the total number of Super Post-Panamax cranes at the port to 22.

As is typical with new cranes, it will take several months to install, certify and bring each crane up to operational status.