Chinese port equipment manufacturer ZPMC has said six automatic rubber mounted gantry (RMG) cranes are on their way to the Tuas mega-port in Singapore.
In a statement, ZPMC said the RMGs left the ZPMC Chanxing Base on 10 July. They will be the first batch of equipment manufactured by ZPMC for the terminal, which will be the biggest in the world upon completion.
In total, ZPMC will provide 20 dual-trolley ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 56 automatic RMGs to Tuas, which will be delivered in 10 different batches.
The company said it has shipped the first six in advance, despite the effects of COVID-19, in order to make the delivery and on-site debugging easier and more efficient.
The delivery will be the latest achievement from ZPMC, which has continued to supply many of the world’s ports and support expansions, despite the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June the company delayed delivery of a batch of STS cranes to terminals in Sweden and France. In the same month it supplied the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia with four ultra large STS cranes.
The first phase of the Tuas mega-port is due to open in 2021 and will be finished and full operational by 2040.
By then it will have a TEU capacity of 65 million TEU and dwarf the world’s biggest ports of today.