Friday, July 27, 2012

Seattle Terminal Receives More Super Post-Panamax Cranes

SSA Terminals, which operates the Port of Seattle’s 196-acre Terminal 18, has received a shipment of three 267-foot Super Post-Panamax cranes from China, doubling the number at the terminal.

“We made this investment to continue Terminal 18 as the best destination in the Pacific Northwest for the world’s most modern and efficient ships,” SSA Marine CEO Jon Hemingway said. “No other terminal in the region comes close to Terminal 18’s size, draft and cranes, or T18’s ample on dock and nearby rail connectivity.”

The cranes, each of which a lifting height of 146 feet and an outreach of 210 feet, were made by Chinese equipment manufacturer ZPMG and delivered to the port July 24 on the ship Zhenhua 23.
As some of the largest container handling cranes in the world, they can extend out to handle the new Triple E Class vessels, which can carry up to 18,000 TEUs with a width of 210 feet, or 24 containers. The cranes can lift containers weighing up to 65 tons, according to the manufacturer.

“SSA is making Terminal 18 big-ship ready for the next generation of ocean-going vessels,” Port Commission President Gael Tarleton said in a statement announcing the arrivals.

Together with the three Super Post-Panamax cranes that arrived in December 2011, the cranes represent a $54 million investment by SSA, according to the company.