GCT Canada has confirmed the order of two high-efficiency ‘megamax’ ship-to-shore cranes from crane manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC) for its Deltaport facility.
The STS cranes have a more than 23 container wide outreach and are capable of handling the largest vessels.
Upon commissioning, the cranes will be among the largest in the Americas, standing over 137 metres high, with a lifting capacity of 65 tonnes.
The megamax cranes ensure GCT Deltaport is big ship ready and complements a rail densification project that will see intermodal yard capacity grow by over 50% within the existing footprint.
While all GCT terminals are already individually green marine certified, these new cranes will further support its commitment to sustainability.
The electric cranes also feature high-efficiency regenerative drives, minimising impact on the environment and surrounding communities.
Qizhong Liu, Senior Vice President of ZPMC, said: “As ZPMC’s first customer outside China, GCT has a long-standing relationship with the company.
“Working together with the expansion team and its vendors, these megamax cranes equip GCT Deltaport to provide the highest waterside productivity for the carriers they serve.”
Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada, said: “This order complements our existing fleet of 10 ZPMC post-Panamax cranes at GCT Deltaport, and coupled with our rail expansion, ensures our readiness to service the largest ships coming to Vancouver in 2017.”
The cranes will be delivered in late 2016 and will be fully operational in early 2017.
Fact File: Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals operates four green marine certified terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ.
Fact File: ZPMC has a fleet of 22 ships to deliver their products around the world, including large scale port container and bulk material handling machinery. ZPMC quayside container and rubber-tyred gantry cranes account for 70% of the world’s market share and are found in 86 countries and regions.