One of the world’s largest Super Post-Panamax dock-side gantry cranes arrived at Port Metro Vancouver after leaving China by ship three weeks earlier. DP World, the terminal operator for Centerm container terminal on the south shore of Burrard Inlet, will take delivery of the crane from supplier Zhenhua Port Machinery Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) of Shanghai. “This gantry crane can service the newest and largest container ships in the world, and it will help us continue to increase capacity, productivity and efficiency at the Centerm container terminal,” said Darcy Clarkson, President, DP World Vancouver.
The crane features total lift capacity of 65 tons and can lift two containers at a time.
‘We’re very pleased with the ongoing investment and confidence that the international maritime industry has shown in the Vancouver gateway,’ said Tom Winkler, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Port Metro Vancouver. ‘Investment in new equipment is critical to meeting the requirements of growing container volumes and to providing our shipping line customers with reliability and exceptional service.’ DP World has invested more than $200 million since 2004 to more than double the handling capacity of Centerm container terminal. These improvements are key to Port Metro Vancouver’s strategy to capture increasing bilateral trade with Asian economies. DP World expects the crane destined for Centerm to arrive in English Bay early Friday morning. The vessel waited for low tide prior to passing under the Lions Gate Bridge. The crane was installed at Centerm over the following week and is expected to join the five existing cranes in service at Centerm by mid-August. Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies each year.