DP World Antwerp Gateway has received three new quay cranes at its terminal, marking the latest milestone in its expansion and modernisation plan.
The cranes, constructed by ZPMC, are part of DP World’s €200 million ($218.5 million) investment plan for the modernisation, greening, and capacity expansion of the terminal.
The new cranes can handle up to 26 container rows on a ship, joining the existing network of 10 cranes at the DP World terminal on the eastern side of the Deurganck dock.
The whole operation of unloading and installing the cranes takes about a week.
DP World said it will now connect the cranes to the high voltage grid, adjust the movements, and install the container registration system to commission the cranes by the summer.
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In addition to the three new cranes, DP World will commission three new automatic modules this year. Next year, the company plans to add two more quay cranes, taking the total to 15 STS cranes.
The company’s expansion and modernisation plan began in 2019 with the support of the European Commission. The plan’s ultimate goal is to offer industry-leading, efficient, resilient, and sustainable solutions to customers.
“DP World strongly believes in Antwerp’s position as a global trade hub and gateway to Europe,” said Dirk Van den Bosch, CEO of DP World Antwerp Gateway.
“With our worldwide network and ever-expanding logistics services, our aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of the port and make it the engine of the Belgian economy.
“These cranes will enable us to handle our projected volume growth in the years ahead. With each new milestone we reach, we consolidate our place as one of Europe’s top ports and strengthen our position as a driver of positive change and economic growth.”
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Last month, the U.S. Department of Defense raised concerns about the presence of ZPMC cranes in US ports, including those used by the military, as a potential tool for espionage.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington has since called the concerns “paranoia-driven” and accused the US of trying to obstruct trade and economic cooperation with China.