Global trade enabler DP World, has announced the arrival of two new quay cranes before its operations begin in January 2017.
DP World is working in partnership with Port Saint John, who, together with the governments of Canada and New Brunswick, have embarked on a previously announced $205 million infrastructure modernization program expected to be completed in 2021.
As demonstrated by the purchase of the two cranes, DP World Saint John is adding new terminal cargo handling equipment to deliver exceptional customer service and further expand capacity and productivity of the terminal.
Once installed the new cranes will be modified with a range of features:
- Capability to work a 16 container-wide, 6,500 TEU capacity vessel, substantially larger than the average 3,000 TEU vessels currently serviced.
- An ability to handle larger vessels through all loading and tidal conditions.
- Saint John has some of the largest tides in the world and being able to continuously work a vessel through a 7.7m tidal cycle improves current operational capabilities.
- The cranes are equipped with modern drives and controls that deliver precise and reliable handling, ensuring a high productivity level.
- Upgrades will also be made to the existing Rodney Terminal wharf infrastructure to prepare for the arrival of the larger cranes.
Principle dimensions and capacities are:
- Outreach: 44.2m
- Total Lift Height: 48.8m
- Cargo Hook rated load: 62 LT
- Spreader rated load: 50 LT
- Twin-20 capable spreader
Matthew Leech, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Americas Region, said: “DP World Saint John will bring significant benefits to New Brunswick and Maritimes importers and exporters through our investment in modern container handling equipment that will be capable of serving post-panamax container vessels in line with the Port Authority’s expansion works program.
“As a visible step in the development programme local people will be able to see for themselves the modernization of the Port is in full swing.”
Jim Quinn, President & CEO, Port Saint John said, “We appreciate the investment that DP World is making that will enhance our operational capabilities and is supportive of the West Side Modernization Project. The cranes will significantly enhance container handling capacity in our Port in the short term while we further grow container business and move forward with other aspects of the Project.
“We are excited to see the cranes arrive and encourage members of our community to watch for them in the harbour. The sight will be spectacular as they will be standing at full height on the heavy lift ship which is carrying them.”