At Algeciras port in Spain, four STS cranes – the largest of their type anywhere – are ready to be commissioned, according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).
ZPMC assigned ISS to act as agent for the break bulk carrier Zhen Hua 25 and to manage the safe and timely release of its cargo.
The cranes are to be used at the APM Terminal and to serve new Triple E Class container ships.
Julian Isola, ISS operations manager for Algeciras and Iberia said: “We first arranged the entry clearance with the harbour master and liaised with all parties, including the pilots and the tugs. The vessel had to continually adjust her drafts during the crane discharge, in order to ensure proper stability of the vessel, so we also shared these plans accordingly.”
He added: “Daily weather updates were provided by ISS Algeciras in case extra tug assistance was required during the discharge but, due to favourable swell and wind conditions, the discharge was quick and effective.”
In 2013, Algeciras handled over 4.3million TEUs.