PSA Halifax has unloaded two brand new mega Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes for its Atlantic Hub terminal on the south end of the port.
These additional ultra-large cranes will be added to the terminal’s five existing super-post-panamax cranes, allowing PSA Halifax to handle the largest container vessels on the North American East Coast.
This new equipment will also help PSA Halifax increase its capacity from 1.1 million to 1.4 million TEU by the end of 2024.
The new STS cranes departed Shanghai on 7 September 2023, and landed safely in Halifax two months later.
The new equipment, which is scheduled to be online in January 2024, will go through six weeks of commissioning and testing, according to PSA Halifax.
Jan Van Mossevelde, CEO of PSA Halifax, said: “With an outreach of 24 container rows wide and a lift height of 52 metres above ground, the new STS cranes will add significant muscle and capacity to Atlantic Hub.
“We will now have three STS cranes that are fully capable of handling vessels larger than 20,000 TEU in size with no limitations. This means higher vessel productivity and faster turnaround times for mega vessels.”
Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, stated: “We applaud PSA Halifax and their commitment to productivity and continuous improvement. Increasing terminal efficiency is a key focus area for all of us at the Port of Halifax and these new STS cranes will bring us closer to achieving that collective goal.”