New Zealand's Ports of Auckland has placed an order to buy three new container cranes, which are set to be delivered next year.
The cranes are set to be deployed at the port’s new deep-water container berth situated at the north end of Fergusson container terminal.
The cranes will be manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC) in Shanghai, China, and will be developed to carry up to four containers at once, thereby enabling the port to load and unload cargoes quicker and more easily.
Additionally, they are expected to feature 'lashing platforms' to stop port workers having to work on the ground next to heavy machinery.
Lashing platforms will also be retrofitted to the port’s existing cranes in order to reduce the risk of accident or injury to the site's personnel.
Ports of Auckland’s new cranes will also be fitted with a 26kW solar power system to provide the facility with a sustainable power solution and reduce the port’s overall energy consumption.
Ports of Auckland deputy chief executive Wayne Thompson said: “The investment we are making at our terminal, in new equipment and automation, will allow us to significantly increase our capacity.
“Projects underway or planned will increase capacity from 900,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year currently to around 1.6 million to1.7 million TEUs, enough to cater for the needs of an Auckland population of over 2.5 million.
“With further investment, we estimate that on our existing land area we can handle up to three million TEUs, catering for an Auckland population of five million people.”
Ports of Auckland expects to phase out the old container cranes on the Bledisloe wharf following the arrival of the new equipment.