Eurogate Wilhemshaven receives first 4 of 8 of world's biggest quay cranes

2012 03 09

EUROGATE Container Terminal, Wilhemshaven, received four of the world's biggest container cranes from Shanghai's Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), each capable of handling vessels of 25 container rows across deck with a load bearing capacity of 120 tonnes.

The ZPMC super post-panamax quay cranes arrived following two months at sea on ZMPC's vessel from Shanghai with a further four due to depart from China through to Cape of Good Hope, Canary Islands and on to the North Sea.

Eventually, Germany's deep-water container port will have 16 of these cranes, with eight on order. Each weighs 1,750 tonnes, a pylon height of 83 metres and 126 metres when extended by jib.

Said Eurogate Wilhemshaven managing director Marcel Egger: "Currently the world's biggest container vessel with a load capacity of 15,550 TEU has 22 container rows on deck, while all other mega carriers, including the 18,000-TEU ship on order have 23 container rows on deck. Our cranes on the other hand are capable of handling as many as 25 containers on deck and are therefore suited to handling ships that are not yet on the market."

The cranes will be moved ashore one by one during the coming weeks and made ready for trial operation with further work to include connection to the medium voltage power supply.

Eurogate Wilhemhaven will have a draught of 18 metres and will handle the world's largest containerships at low tide.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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