The company said the STS cranes travelled approximately 9,200 km or 5,000 nautical miles from Shanghai, the two cranes passed safely under the Lions Gate Bridge earlier this week and arrived at GCT Vanterm.
This announcement is part of GCT’s previously announced $160-million-dollar private sector investment to modernize and densify operations at GCT Vanterm.
The arrival of the two cranes demonstrates GCT’s ongoing commitment to enabling smart capacity in the Vancouver gateway and Western Trade Corridor through British Columbia, according to a GCT statement.
Furthermore, GCT said the new STS cranes will be among the most advanced in North America. Electrically powered, they feature regenerative drives that can provide power back into the grid and high-efficiency LED lighting.
The cranes will reduce glare and light pollution along with features intended to reduce operational noise. The cranes have also been painted cloud-white colour to mitigate daytime skyline visibility.
The cranes, along with other equipment upgrades and process improvements, will improve safety for the workforce, increase terminal capability, and reduce equipment emissions by 55% – all within the same footprint.
Doron Grosman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Container Terminals Inc., said: “The delivery of these two modern cranes is one of many steps we are taking to increase capability and customer service in the most sustainable way possible to support BC’s climate objectives while creating well-paid jobs.”
“Global Container Terminals will continue to make private sector investments to ensure that Vancouver remains the port of choice and continues to be a competitive jurisdiction for transpacific trade.”
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Ravi Kahlon also commented: “As our government focuses on getting people through the pandemic and building a recovery that works for everyone, I’m pleased to see investments like this helping create new jobs and opportunities for people in a lower-carbon economy.
“By supporting good local jobs and reducing emissions, GCT is showing how industry can align with our CleanBC plan to grow their business and help build a cleaner, brighter future.”