PhilaPort purchases two new super post-Panamax container cranes
PhilaPort has concluded the purchase agreement of two super post-Panamax container gantry cranes that will help lift the Port to record new levels of cargoes over the next decade, the company said in its press release. The $23.5 million acquisition from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC) of Shanghai, China is the second purchase of cranes by PhilaPort in the past year. This will bring the total number of new cranes purchased for Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT) in the past year to four.
The first two cranes (the Holt crane and one PhilaPort crane) will arrive in March 2018. Then, cranes #3 and #4 (both PhilaPort cranes) will arrive at PAMT in April 2019.
“The second set of cranes will mirror the two cranes arriving in the first quarter of 2018,” said PhilaPort CEO Jeff Theobald. “These new cranes will be the largest and most modern, capable of unloading containers from the largest container ships in the world.”
Last year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s $300 million Port Development Plan formed a public-private agreement for capital improvements to PAMT. Under the Plan, the terminal operator, Greenwich Terminals, a Holt subsidiary, agreed to purchase one gantry crane and PhilaPort would buy three gantry cranes.
Philadelphia labor is already a leader in East Coast container productivity. The new cranes will allow terminal management and labor to meet the expectations of the PhilaPort’s ocean carrier partners.
PhilaPort, The Port of Philadelphia, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospect port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.