DP World Australia has released a video of it receiving one of the nine ship-to-shore (STS) cranes that are being delivered to its Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle terminals.
So far, both DP World Australia’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals have received one crane each, with two delivered to its Melbourne Terminal.
An additional five cranes will join DP World Australia’s Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle terminals in mid 2018.
The cranes, built on Changxing Island, Shanghai, China, by ZPMC, have the latest electrical technology, more efficient operating systems and improved ergonomics for operator comfort.
DP World Australia’s latest crane arrival was it its Melbourne terminal, located at West Swanson Dock, on March 27, 2018 (pictured below).
The huge cranes, which stand over 70 metres high above the deck of the transport vessel Zhen Hua 21, were specially designed to allow passage under the Westgate Bridge.
Left: DP World Australia’s Melbourne terminal, located at West Swanson Dock, welcomed the arrival of two new ZPMC quay cranes on March 27, 2018. Right: The cranes departed China loaded on the vessel Zhen Hua 21 on Sunday, 11 February 2018
Quick crane facts:
- Rated capacity under spreader 65 tonnes and 75 tonne under heavy lift beam
- Outreach of 51 metres, with a rail gauge of 25.3 metres
- Hoist height above rail is 38 metres
- Hoist speed 90 metres/minute loaded and 180 metres/minute unloaded
- Cross travel speed 240 metres/minute
Weighing 1200 tonnes each, the cranes can lift 75 tonne – the equivalent weight of a Boeing 737.
Max Kruse, DP World Australia’s Chief Officer Operations Terminals, said: “The new ZPMC cranes are at the leading edge of port equipment and technology, and can service large vessels carrying up to 10,000 containers.
“Each crane is worth $14 million and is a key part of the investment in our Melbourne terminal. The new cranes and our continued investment in our terminals will ensure we can efficiently meet our customer’s future requirements.”
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DP World Australia’s Brisbane terminal received delivery of the first of two quay cranes to be delivered to the terminal in 2018 on March 5
DP World Australia has recently invested US$ 140 million (AU$ 180 million) in port equipment nationally, $54.4 million (AU$ 70 million) of which has been invested in the Melbourne Terminal.
By the end of March 2018, Melbourne terminal’s straddle carrier fleet will have received 21 replacement machines and an additional ZPMC quay crane is due to be delivered and commissioned by October 2018.