The new Super Post Panamax cranes were constructed for the amount of $28 million by Chinese company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. The new quay cranes were successfully transported on January 10, 2014, on particularly built vessels to the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, Khalifa port.
Each ship-to-shore quay crane weights 1,932 tons and 126.5 meters high. The outreach of one STS crane is 65 meters, which is about 22 containers and may lifts up to 90 tons.
Currently, Port Khalifa operates with 6 quay cranes handling 2.5 million TEUs. With the 3 new Super Post Panamax quay cranes, Abu Dhabi Container Terminal will become with total 9 STS cranes. Moreover, to the former 30 cutting edge automated stacking quay cranse (ASC) of the port were joined another 6 new ASC cranes and another 6 are being expected to arrive. The investment of both batches is calculated to $42 million.
The CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi commented the recent deliveries of quau cranes:
“After more than 100,000 TEUs passed through Khalifa Port last year in October, which was the highest number of containers ever handled in a single month in Abu Dhabi, the start of the new year has already been promising and signaled a significant increase in the emirate’s import and export activities over the next twelve months. By investing in our state-of-the-art infrastructure we are further establishing Khalifa Port as one of the best equipped and most technologically advanced ports in the world.”
The CEO of Abu Dhabi Container Terminal, Martijn Van de Linde, also commented the new acquisitions:
“The new STS cranes will further increase Khalifa Port’s capacity adding 750,000 TEUs of throughput capacity to the terminal. We have continued to register double digit growth in 2013 and the new capacity is required to keep pace with the rapidly growing Abu Dhabi and UAE markets.
The industry leading STS cranes at Khalifa Port are specifically used for unloading container vessels which have become notably bigger over the past years. Vessels with a container volume of up to 14,000 TEUs are currently calling at Khalifa Port whose nine STS cranes will be able to handle up to 315 containers per hour (35 containers per crane, per hour).
Khalifa Port’s cutting edge ASCs, which were delivered by Finnish production company Konecranes, are operated through an especially designed operating system and used to organize the containers in the dedicated container yard. Two ASCs cover one area (stack) in which up to 2,000 TEUs can be stacked. With the six newly delivered and six expected ASCs, the overall stacking capacity at Khalifa Port’s container yard will increase by 40%.