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.



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



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.

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