Giant STS cranes arrive at DP World’s new Jebel Ali terminal

  • First four of 19 STS cranes arrive at Jebel Ali T3

DP World’s new Jebel Ali Container Terminal 3 (T3), due to open for business next year, has taken delivery of four giant ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

This is the first batch of 19 quay cranes due at the site over the next few months to be installed at the facility’s 1,860 metre long and 17 metre deep quayside.

They join the first four of 50 Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes that arrived at the 4 million TEU capacity terminal last month.

“As customers order larger vessels and seek world class hub ports to handle their fleets, development of port infrastructure to handle these giant vessels is a major requirement,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region.

“These cranes and our new container terminal will strengthen Jebel Ali’s position as the most efficient and modern gateway for cargo in the UAE, GCC and the wider Middle East region.”

Each crane, standing over 138 metres tall at full boom extension, sailed from Shanghai’s Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) yards in China three weeks ago, arriving ahead of time.

There will be 98 quay cranes in total at Jebel Ali once all cranes on order are in place.

T3 will increase the total capacity of the port to 19 million TEU giving it the ability to handle as many as 10 of the ULCS simultaneously.

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