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Three STS cranes arrive in Houston

Port Houston has received three new neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at Bayport Container Terminal to support the continued volume growth.

Standing 48 metres under the spreader bar with an outreach of 22 containers wide, the cranes are the largest to be delivered in the history of the port.

"These cranes are our biggest yet and will facilitate working 15,000 TEU sized vessels anticipated to call our terminals upon completion of the Houston Ship Channel Expansion - Project 11," stated Port Houston executive director, Roger Guenther.

After being manufactured by the port equipment company ZPMC in Shanghai, they travelled onboard the heavy load carrier vessel Zhen Hua 25, during a 60-day journey to Houston.

With the arrival of the new cranes, Port Houston now owns a fleet of 28 STS cranes and 110 rubber-tyred gantries (RTG).

"The purchase and installation of these cranes represents a significant infrastructure investment for Port Houston, which will benefit our customers and partners, as well as the Texas economy," claimed Guenther.

The new STS cranes are expected to be commissioned within two to three months and to be fully operational before this summer.





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