Virginia Welcomes East Coast’s Largest Cranes
The Port of Virginia has welcomed the arrival of four 170-foot cranes at its Virginia International Gateway (VIG) container terminal, which will be the largest on the US East Coast.
The cranes, which were built in Shanghai by Chinese manufacturer Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), are part of a US$32 million expansion of the Port of Virginia.
The ship-to-shore cranes are on their way to VIG! Stay tuned for live streaming and photos throughout our social feeds... pic.twitter.com/q8LcCD4qp8— The Port of Virginia (@PortofVirginia) January 7, 2019
Paul Blaiklock, TMEIC, discusses automated stacking cranes in a recent Port Technology technical paper
According to the port, the new equipment will enable its VIG terminal to service a higher amount of ships, including ultra large container vessels (ULCVs).
The total cost of the order, including the cranes’ delivery from China to Virginia and their installation at VIG, amounted to $44.8 million.
Simo Hoite, Patrick McCarthy, and Michael Jordan discuss STS cranes in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Closer look at the cranes as they arrive @PortofVirginia. Gives Hampton Roads added capacity and opportunity in the decades ahead. Hard to give you perspective on how massive they truly are in person. https://t.co/gfFzPW6o3K @WTKR3 pic.twitter.com/DUmjIqtKOA— Todd Corillo (@ToddCorillo) January 7, 2019
The Port of Virginia will now have 30 ship-to-shore cranes at work in its Norfolk Harbour, which was visited on January 8, 2019 by spectators wishing to see the arrival of the four huge machines.
In order to accommodate the cranes, work has taken place at VIG to expand the terminal’s berth, stack yard and rail operations, bringing its annual throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEU.