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North America’s biggest cranes leave China for Oakland, California

Port of Oakland has announced it will receive three giant cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZMPC), a Chinese state-owned manufacturing company.

ZMPC said earlier this week that the construction of the new ship-to-shore cranes, which will be able to handle the largest container vessels in the world, is nearing completion in China.

The new equipment is expected to arrive at Oakland International Container Terminal, the largest marine terminal of the port, on 14 September, according to terminal operator SSA Terminals.

The port believes that the 91m-high cranes will be the tallest in North America when they commence operations in January of 2021.

ZPMC and SSA updated maritime executives on the new cranes this week at a meeting of the Propeller Club:

  • The cranes can lift containers 53m above the dock, enabling them to stack boxes 12-high on ships.
  • They can reach 38m across a ship's deck, spanning 24 rows of containers.
  • They will be delivered by ship and require five days to be transferred from the vessel to the dock.

SSA placed a US$30 million order for its new cranes in February 2019, while in 2018, it completed a project to raise the height of four other ship-to-shore cranes.

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