ZPMC cranes for Djibouti’s Doraleh Port

  • Two STS, eight yard cranes delivered to African port in response to growing Ethiopian market

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), the Chinese crane manufacturer, has delivered two ship-to-shore (STS) and eight yard cranes to the Doraleh Container Terminal, Djibouti.

The STS cranes, ordered to meet the demands of the fast-growing Ethiopian market and to speed up Doraleh’s transhipment business, are capable of handling between 30 and 60 container movements per hour. The port’s current generation of cranes average between 10 and 25 moves.

“The purchase of these cranes represents a significant investment in the future, and the benefits will soon become evident in Doraleh Container Terminal’s operating figures,” Saad Omar Guelleh, managing director of the port, told Sabahi.

“With this new equipment, Doraleh Container Terminal will be able to strengthen its position as the benchmark regional transhipment hub.”

“We will immediately see a steep rise in productivity in the port's servicing of ships at the quayside and loading of lorries in the container yard.”

In 2000, DP World, the Dubai based terminal operator, and the Djibouti government established a joint venture to operate the Port of Djibouti and to develop the Doraleh Container Terminal. With its 18 metre draft and 1,050 meter quay, the terminal can easily accommodate the largest ships in service.

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