Friday, February 22, 2019

Big New Cranes for Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland announced Tuesday, Feb. 18 that three 300-foot-tall gantry cranes would be arriving late next year to Oakland International Container Terminal.

SSA Terminals, which operates Oakland International Container Terminal, ordered the $30 million cranes from Shanghai-based ZPMC. They will be delivered by ship from China and arrive partially assembled in order to clear the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge. According to SSA, with booms upraised the cranes could be 440-feet tall. They will have a lift height of 174 feet above the dock and be able to reach 225 feet across a ship’s deck.

“Big ships are the future,” said SSA Containers President Ed DeNike. “They’re coming to Oakland and we’re going to be ready for them.”

The cranes will allow SSA to move containers on and off the world’s biggest cargo vessels from stacks 12 boxes high above deck. “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.”