Port Saint John gets capacity boost with new post-Panamax cranes

Port Saint John gets capacity boost with new post-Panamax cranes

DP World and Port Saint John have received two new post-Panamax cranes as part of Port Saint John’s CA$205 million ($154 million) modernisation project.

The project, a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and Port Saint John, aims to increase economic benefits in the area through job opportunities in the transportation, logistics, and warehousing sectors.

The arrival of the two new cranes brings the total number of quay cranes at Port Saint John to four, the most ever at the port.

The Hyundai Heavy Industries Container Cranes have an outreach of 190 feet, can reach up to 21 containers wide and can service vessels with a capacity of 10,000 to 14,000 TEU.

Maksim Mihic, CEO and General Manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. stated that the port is well positioned for growth in the future due to its connections to 500 ports worldwide, intermodal transportation, and three class-one railways.

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“Soon we will have more than double the capacity to move product and to create jobs,” added Craig Bell Estabrooks, President and CEO of Port Saint John.

“Partners like DP World open doors for us and our local economy to pursue new opportunities for our industrial parks, our supply chain and manufacturing capacity.

“With every new milestone we hit, we solidify our position as one of Canada’s top ports and we intensify our standing as an agent for positive change and economic growth for our province.”

Port Saint John and its partners handled 100,000 TEU up to September 2022 – more throughput than the port has ever experienced on an annual basis.

The port authority said this achievement was made possible thanks to over CA$500 million ($376 million) invested in recent years from the private sector, government, and the port itself, as upgrades at the DP World container terminal are also underway.

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