Port Everglades has received three additional Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes as part of the port’s $471 million project to expand its deepwater turn-around area for cargo ships.
The Ship-to-Shore (STS) container gantry cranes are among the world’s largest low-profile cranes, bringing the Florida port’s total crane count to six Super Post-Panamax, seven Post-Panamax, one Paceco, and one mobile harbour crane.
The three 175-foot high Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes, valued at $15.1 million each, can handle containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck and reach 22 containers across the ship’s deck, according to the port.
Port Everglades’ original seven gantry cranes in the Southport area, where most of the containerised cargo operations takes place, are 151-feet high and limited to containers stacked six high and can reach across 16 containers.
Port Everglades CEO and Port Director, Jonathan Daniels, said: “The port has already seen a massive jump in The World Bank’s Container Port Performance Index 2022 ratings after the installation of the last cranes and completion of additional berth capacity and is now classified as a top 5 port in North America. The additional cranes will serve as a catalyst for even greater port efficiency.”
The Southport Turning Notch berth area where the new cranes will be located was recently lengthened from about 900 feet to 2,400 feet to accommodate more and larger cargo ships. The new cranes are expected to be fully operational in 60 – 90 days.