The first set of new ZPMC Super-Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes have arrived earlier this month at APM Terminals (APMT) Elizabeth.
With a 23-container outreach, APMT’s Crane Engineering Service (CES) can work numerous ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) and Neo-Panamax Vessels at the same time.
Two of the eventual sextuplets (the other four are coming next year), these replacement cranes aim to maximise productivity at APMT Elizabeth in New York as they begin construction on the 6,000-foot (1,830-metre) quay.
10 of the terminal’s 14 cranes will be of this enhanced variety.
Where CES might ordinarily handle 20-25 STS cranes per year, the past 12 months have been exceptional as the industry continues to redress the balance of investments and equipment post COVID-19, reported APMT.
With close to 100 STS cranes passing through the Shanghai operational hub, this has been a period of high productivity for APMT.
Lu Gang, Head Project Management and Commission with CES, said: “We are the only company that is permanently based at ZPMC’s production bases in Changxing Island and Nantong.
“We are also the only third-party inspection company that provides dedicated commissioning supervision and acceptance in the factory and on site, ensuring that all cranes properly function as specified.
“We work to the highest standards of reliability and quality management– and that has remained consistent even with the huge ramp up in our productivity.”