The Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) has received two more super post-Panamax cranes for the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in the US following an overnight transit up the Delaware River.
Designed by heavy-duty equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC) in China, the Zhen Hua 16 cranes are identical to the two that arrived at the PhilaPort last year.
Each crane weighs 1,528 metric tonnes and has a height of 391ft.
The port is set to receive a fifth crane later this year.
ZPMC delivers more than 200 cranes every year across the globe, including many seaports in the US.
Packer Avenue Marine Terminal is PhilaPort’s main container terminal and is currently undergoing $300m improvements.
With the installation of the new cranes, it will run completely on electricity, eliminating all diesel emissions.
Improvements at the terminal include strengthening and realigning a berth, removal of warehousing and the addition of five new super post-Panamax cranes. This will bring the total operational cranes to seven at the terminal.
Each crane costs $12m and will be capable of loading and discharging the newest generation of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) (10,000 to 18,000 containers per ship).
The 106-acre Packer Avenue Marine Terminal is a container handling facility on the Delaware River and handles large volumes of automobiles, steel and project cargoes.
It has immediate access to two major rail yards and interstate highways. It also features a computerised container tracking system, ocean container to domestic truck transloading, and distribution.