Chinese-state port equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) has delivered six rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes to the Port of Incheon, South Korea, its latest successful delivery.
In a statement, the company said the Port’s tidal range, which is about 9m, made for a challenge as it allows for only a short window to unload heavy equipment.
It said it unloaded the RMGs in seven days and did so by side sliding them off the ship “instead of moving the vessel itself” which took up less space in the berthing area of the Port. Incheon is the second biggest port in South Korea after Busan.
Furthermore, the company also said it optimised yard management software to “ensure yard safety” while retaining efficiency and minimising the impact on the Port’s existing operations.
The delivery of the RMGs to Incheon is the latest of many successful deliveries ZPMC has made to major ports in Asia and across the world, desmontrating the strength of demand in the port equipment market despite the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August 2020 it sent a new fleet of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia. That delivery followed a previous one of five rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to the DP World Cexedo Terminal in Dominica.
In addition to increasing its presence in markets where it is already strong, it also successfully entered the Cambodian market by sending a fleet of reach stackers to the Port of Sihanoukville in July 2020.