Large ship-to-shore cranes to enhance port’s cargo-handling capacity
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has announced the arrival of three of the largest ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes in the world to accommodate growing volumes and demand at Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT).
According to an announcement from ADT, the cranes were transported from China on specially-built vessels, and are the latest additions to the port’s equipment, complementing the nine STS cranes already operational at the facility.
The Super Post Panamax cranes, commissioned from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. were delivered last month and follow ADT’s recent milestone of 5 million TEUs being handled at KPCT since its establishment in 2012.
The STS cranes are designed to be capable of handling the world’s largest container ships and will provide an additional capacity of 600,00 TEUs per annum to complete Phase 1 of 2.5 million TEUs of capacity at the port, ADT said.
One of the STS cranes measures 126.5m in height and weighs 1,932t with an outreach of 65m, covering 26 rows, and a lifting capacity of 90t. This new equipment will ensure continued and sustained cargo growth and provide increased value, efficiency, and speed for the port’s customers, ADT added.
“Our customers demand the fastest possible turnarounds with the… highest levels of operational performance and safety. At ADT, we are consistently investing in the most cutting-edge equipment to meet and exceed their needs,” said Martijn Van De Linde, CEO of ADT.
“KPCT has become a crucial logistics hub and we’re extremely proud of this latest infrastructural investment as it further enables us to support and encourage socio-economic growth of the region,” he added.