Giant STS cranes arrive at Khalifa Port

  • ADPC invests US$70 million to address growing cargo volumes

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and container terminal operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) have announced the arrival of three new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to Khalifa Port.

Built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the super post-Panamax quay cranes cost a total of US$28 million and arrived by sea onboard specially built barges to ADPC’s flagship port earlier this month.

ADPC has also announced that six automated stacking cranes (ASC) have recently joined the former 30 ASCs at Khalifa Port, and a further six are expected to arrive later in Q1, at a total cost of $42 million.

The three new quay cranes, joining six already in operation, measure 126.5 metres in height, weigh 1,932 tonnes and boast an outreach of 65 metres and lifting capacity of 90 tonnes.

“The new STS cranes will further increase Khalifa Port’s capacity adding 750,000 TEU of throughput capacity to the terminal,” said ADT CEO, Martijn Van de Linde.

“We have continued to register double digit growth in 2013 and the new capacity is required to keep pace with the rapidly growing Abu Dhabi and UAE markets.”

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