The Effect of Mega-Ships – Cranes and Infrastructure



Erik Soderberg, President; and, Michael Jordan, Founder and Chief Structural Engineer, Liftech, California, USA


Ultra-large container vessels with capacities nearing 20,000 TEU, also referred to as ‘mega-ships’ or ‘ULCVs’, have arrived and more are on the way. Many operators and ports are asking how these vessels will aff ect their ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and wharves.

This article provides an overview of some of the eff ects of mega-ships on existing STS cranes and wharf infrastructure. Costs presented in this article are estimates of construction costs based on recent projects, and do not include other costs. Actual costs may vary….

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