Four ship-to-shore cranes (STS) at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), the busiest terminal at the Port of Oakland, are now 27 feet taller after a $14 million crane-raising project.
Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), the terminal operator of OICT, collaborated with the Port of Oakland on the project, which will enable the port to service larger ships with containers stacked high above vessel decks.
The four gantry cranes, which are capable of rising to 393 feet, are now able to lift containers from 142 feet above the dock in order to improve the efficiency and speed of cargo operations.
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John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Maritime Director, commented: “Raising cranes is part of our infrastructure investment strategy to increase the Port of Oakland’s competitive edge on the US West Coast.
“We’re confident that this will help us move more imports and exports through Oakland.”
Ed DeNike, SSA President, stated: “Taller cranes are critical for loading and unloading massive container ships that arrive at our marine terminal.”
“These huge cranes will help us move cargo more efficiently through the Oakland Seaport and support our operations for years to come.”
The port, in partnership with its terminal operators, will continue to heighten more cranes, as well as adding new ones in the future as part of its long-term plan.