Two new Super Post-Panamax cranes delivered to Port of Virginia


The Port of Virginia has welcomed two new Super Post-Panamax cranes to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) South.

On Friday 25 March NIT welcomed a pair of massive container cranes the final pieces of equipment needed to complete the South Berth’s $450 million optimisation project.

The cranes are 170 feet tall, have a boom-out length of 226 feet, and the capacity to reach across a vessel that is 26 containers wide.

“These cranes will expand our lift capacity, berth productivity and the ability to handle multiple ULCVs (ultra-large container vessels) simultaneously,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

“This benefits the port’s users and it says, very clearly, to the ocean carriers and the industry that we are prepared to handle big ships and growing cargo volumes safely, swiftly and sustainably for decades to come.”

These cranes will be able to accommodate ULCVs that make regular stops in Virginia and even higher-volume ships of the future. 

The new cranes will go into service in late May giving the port 30 ship-to-shore cranes capable of handling Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCVs).

Virginia International Gateway (VIG) has 12 cranes, NIT North has six and NIT South will have 12.

In 2021, the Port of Virginia posted its most productive year on record having processed more than 3.5 million TEU.

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