DP World Australia, a part of United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based DP World, has placed an order, valued at A$60m ($45m), to buy four new cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC).

Planned to be delivered by next year, the new super post-panamax container cranes will be used to improve productivity and capacity across DP World Australia’s east coast operations.

Once delivered, two of the cranes will be installed at the Melbourne terminal, while the company’s Brisbane and Sydney terminals will receive each of the remaining cranes.

"The A$60m investment in new crane infrastructure follows two major contract wins for DP World Australia."

DP World Australia chief operations officer Max Kruse said: “The A$60m investment in new crane infrastructure follows two major contract wins for DP World Australia’s: the A3 consortium’s decision to award seven of nine port calls on the Asia to Australia service, and the return of Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands service to our Brisbane and Sydney terminals.

“We’re investing now for future growth.”

Equipped with new technology and LED lighting, all the new cranes will feature ergonomically designed cabins to provide better driver comfort.

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ZPMC delivered two super post-panamax cranes to DP World Australia last year.