The Port of Gulfport Welcomed Three New Ship-To-Shore Gantry Cranes in March 2016.
The Port of Gulfport has a great story to tell, not only regarding the latest tenant announcements, but also surrounding the progress of the Restoration Project. We are excited to share the following video with our community and the shipping industry, which features the arrival of our new ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The arrival and installation of the new cranes was a momentous moment for the Port’s Restoration Project, and we appreciate the many individuals and organizations who have contributed to our overall success to date.
The cranes, which arrived in Gulfport this past March, were welcomed with much excitement and fanfare. At a total cost of $30 million, these cranes are a significant investment in the Port’s infrastructure and have already been put to work servicing Mediterranean Shipping Company vessels for Chiquita, who returned from New Orleans in August 2016.
History continues to be made at the Port of Gulfport and as we go beyond recovery, we can look toward the future and celebrate Mississippi’s “Sky-High Progress”!
Something Big Is On The Horizon – Gantry Cranes Arrive at the Port of Gulfport
FACTS ABOUT THE CRANES:
Definition of a ship-to-shore gantry crane:
A type of large crane used for loading and unloading intermodal containers from container ships. The cranes consist of a supporting framework that can travel back and forth on rail track. They are equipped with a specialized handling tool called a spreader. The spreader can be lowered on top of a container and locks onto the container’s four locking points.
To prepare for the three new gantry cranes, the Port awarded a contract to L&A Contracting from Hattiesburg, MS to oversee the “West Terminal Wharf Upgrade Project” which included structural and infrastructure improvements on the West Pier.
Construction on the cranes began in October 2014 and the three cranes left Shanghai, China in January 2016 for their journey to Gulfport.
The cranes were built by ZPMC, one of the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturers in the world.
At a total cost of $30 million, these cranes are a significant investment and will enable the Port’s existing and future tenants to more efficiently service their vessels while reducing tenants’ operating costs.
The state-of-the-art cranes will be electrically powered by Mississippi Power and each crane requires 1.2 mega-watts of energy when being used at full capacity.
Each crane will be able to handle 65 tons or 146,000 pounds.
Each crane weighs about 1,200 tons or about 2.6 million pounds.
There will be over 300 LED lights located on each of the three cranes. These lights will allow the cranes to be in operation 24 hours a day, if needed.