Port Everglades unveils three new container gantry cranes

Port Everglades unveils three new container gantry cranes

Port Everglades authorities, partners and elected leaders have welcomed three new Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes going into operation.

The Super Post-Panamax cranes, which stand 175 feet (53 metres) tall, are intended to help the South Florida port achieve record efficiency levels.

According to the World Bank’s most recent Container Port Performance Index, the port is now ranked in the top 25 per cent of ports globally in terms of operational efficiency.

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Port Everglades noted that the Super Post-Panamax cranes can reach further and handle a heavier load, particularly moving containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck, and can reach 22 containers across the ship’s deck, as opposed to the port’s seven Post-Panamax cranes, which are 151 feet (46 metres) tall and limited to containers stacked six high and reaching across 16 containers.

Port Everglades presently has a total of 13 container gantry cranes (six Super Post-Panamax and seven Post-Panamax) plus one mobile harbour crane.

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Glenn Wiltshire, Acting Director of Port Everglades, said: “With the commissioning of the new cranes, our historic $471 million project for the Southport Turning Notch Extension is nearly complete. However, we’re not here to just celebrate cranes.

“We applaud the investment that our Board of County Commissioners made throughout the years to build up the port’s infrastructure, which benefits the men and women who work these docks and the regional economy.”

In December 2023, Port Everglades 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.

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