Three new 100-gauge cranes for the Blount Island Marine Terminal have arrived after being constructed in Shanghai, China. The cranes are scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2016.
The new container cranes are equipped to service wider, post-Panamax vessels with the ability to reach across 22 containers, a significant increase from the 16 container capabilities of the terminal’s current cranes. Each electric crane will work on regenerative power, consuming power during the lifting of containers and creating energy as they lower. The use of electricity will increase energy efficiencies and reduce emissions.
In 2014, JAXPORT awarded a $37.6 million contract to Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of the cranes. Shaw GVB, a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge and Infrastructure, provided engineering services before and during construction.
The Florida Department of Transportation awarded JAXPORT a $15 million grant toward the purchase.
JAXPORT’s long-term strategic plan calls for the purchase of a total of ten 100-gauge cranes for Blount Island in the next 10 years.