ThPA S.A. has announced the purchase of two new, specially designed ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for the Port of Thessaloniki.
The two new cranes will work to further increase its competitive geographical advantage for intermodal transports to and from South East Europe, the Port said in a 10 February statement.
With the acquisition of the new equipment, ThPA S.A. will be able to directly serve main liner container vessels by providing reliable, modern, and competitive services.
The acquisition of the two STS cranes from ZPMC is part of the Mandatory Enhancements undertaken by ThPA S.A. based on the Concession Agreement with the Greek State.
The cranes have a total value of €15.7 million ($19 million) and a maximum lifting capacity of 65 tons and 50 tons in twin-lift mode and in single-lift mode respectively.
The new equipment enables the Port of Thessaloniki to directly serve main liner vessels, with a capacity of over 10,000 TEUs (New Panamax) and expected to be delivered in fully functional and operational capacity at the Container Terminal of the port, during the Q1 of 2022.
With the new equipment, the service level provided is substantially upgraded and the speed of customer service of the Port of Thessaloniki is significantly improved.
Athanasios Liagkos, Executive Chairman of the BoD of ThPA S.A., stated: “The implementation of the equipment modernization program is part of the overall Investment Plan of ThPA S.A. and is launched with absolute consistency and at a fast pace so that the Port of Thessaloniki leads the development of intermodal transports to and from Southeastern Europe, whilst attracting main liner vessels. We serve our customers with three-fold devotion to innovation, safety and growth in our areas of responsibility”.
Franco Nicola Cupolo, Managing Director – CEO, ThPA S.A., said: “The Port of Thessaloniki, with the purchase of the two new exclusively designed STS Cranes enters into a new era. The new equipment optimizes the service levels of container handling, doubles the production capacity of the Container Terminal, and significantly improves the port’s competitiveness”.