Auckland Welcomes Three Giant Cranes
The Port of Auckland has welcomed three giant 82.3 meter cranes into Waitemata Harbour after completing a three-week journey from Shanghai.
Spotted the 3 new cranes arriving into Auckland harbour this morning-great news for International Trade @Auckland_NZ @AklCouncil @phil_goff @DamienOConnorMP @DavidParkerMP @MFATinAuckland @NZTEnews pic.twitter.com/i8oPC8midk— Bhav Dhillon (@BhavDhillonnz) October 4, 2018
They stand taller than the Auckland Harbour Bridge and weigh 2100 tonnes each. As well as that, they are one-third the height of the Sky Tower, the biggest building in Auckland.
View from North Head. Photo by Frances pic.twitter.com/F5KFln3kl4— Tāmaki Herenga Waka (@AucklandsPort) October 4, 2018
The new machines will help the port manage container traffic more efficiently, and are a pivotal part of its ‘Master Plan’ – a 30-year expansion plan which aims to turn the port into a shipping, supply chain and logistics hub.
PTI reported in May 2018 that that the port’s ‘Master Plan’ includes investing in simulation-based training technology for remote controlled ship-to-shore cranes.
It is also expecting a delivery of automated straddle carriers in 2019, as part of the ‘Master Plan’ it expects will increase its capacity by a third.