Rotterdam welcomes special crane delivery

  • Europe’s largest port takes deliver of nine super post-Panamax STS cranes

The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, has taken delivery of nine super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

Never before, anywhere in the world, has this number of super post-Panamax cranes been delivered at the same time. The cranes were built by ZPMC, all in China.

ZPMC divided its shipment over its own special transport vessels the Zhen Hua 14, which unloaded two cranes for Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) on Sunday, and the Zhen Hua 26, which unloaded five cranes at the ECT Delta Terminal on the quayside of the Amazonehaven on Tuesday. The Cosco Da Kang started unloading two cranes for APM Terminal Maasvlakte on Sunday.

RWG expects a further shipment of 14 cranes in February. During the first phase of the terminal, APMT will have 8 cranes at its disposal. ECT has a further 6 on order.

All of the cranes will be able to handle containers on vessels, yet to be built, where they can be stacked 25 wide. With the arm raised, the cranes are around 135 metres high, the height of a building with over 40 storeys.

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