Port of New Orleans container terminal will get new 100-foot gantry cranes

At a recent meeting the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) voted to approve the purchase of two new 100-foot gauge container gantry cranes to be used at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.

“These new cranes are vital to our success and growth here at Port NOLA,” said President and CEO Brandy D. Christian. “They will increase our efficiency so we can accommodate larger and wider ships more quickly and meet the growing needs of our carriers and shippers.”

The Board approved a $23.4 million contract to Shanghai, China-based Shanghai Zenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., for the construction and delivery of the cranes. There are no domestic manufacturers of container gantry cranes.

In order for the Port to handle larger container ships, it requires equipment with increased capacity. The larger workhorse container ships currently serving the Gulf range from 8,000 to 9,500 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) and are increasing in frequency. These container ships are best served by 100-foot gauge gantry cranes, which have the ability to work wider ships.

The new 100-foot gauge cranes will complement the two existing 100-foot gauge cranes in operation at the terminal site. This will also allow the 50-foot gauge gantry cranes that are currently in operation to be utilized by smaller vessels.

Through construction, transport and crane installation the entire project is scheduled to take approximately 18 to 20 months from contract approval.

Source: Port NOLA

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