In an US$45 million investment, DP World Australia has ordered four new ZPMC super post-panamax container cranes to boost productivity and capacity through its east coast operations.
Scheduled for delivery in October 2017, DP World Australia’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals will receive one additional crane each, and the Melbourne terminal will receive two new cranes.
Max Kruse, Chief Operations Officer, DP World Australia, said: “We’re very excited about these new cranes,
“The last two super post-panamax cranes ZPMC delivered to DP World Australia in 2015 were handed over to onsite operations in record time with no disruption to our customers. We are confident of a similar or better outcome with the next four.
“The AU$60 million investment in new crane infrastructure follows two major contract wins for DP World Australia’s: the A3 consortium’s decision to award seven of nine port calls on the Asia to Australia service, and the return of Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands service to our Brisbane and Sydney terminals.
“We’re investing now for future growth,” Mr Kruse said.
The new cranes will have the latest technology and environmentally friendly LED lighting. All cranes will be fitted with ergonomically designed cabins for improved driver comfort.
The design review was completed last week and long lead time components have been ordered and manufacturing will start in early 2017.