Three ZPMC ship to shore cranes valued @ $33.5M arrive in Port Houston after 3 month journey

Three ship to shore cranes; type Super-Post-Panamax manufactured by ZPMC standing 270 feet from dock to apex arrived Monday at Barbours Cut Container Terminal.

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The cranes manufactured by costing a total of $33.5 million, can unload ships wide enough to carry 22 rows of containers.

The equipment departed China on July 23 and, once installed, will give Barbours Cut seven cranes capable of loading and unloading the larger ships that can now traverse the expanded Panama Canal.

Also on Monday, Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther reported that September container activity increased 22 percent at Port Houston’s Barbours Cut and Bayport facilities. He spoke during a meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.

According to the Houston Chronicle the Port Houston facilities, overall, handled 28.8 million tons of cargo year to date, a 9 percent increase over the first three quarters of 2016, according to a news release. Container volume recorded an 11 percent increase compared with last year, and in September surpassed the 1.8 million 20-foot-equivalent unit mark.

By Andrea Rumbaugh

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he new giant ship-to-shore cranes took ten months to be fabricated, and their journey took three months before arriving to the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)
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Three giant ship-to-shore cranes manufactured by ZPMC Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. await clearance by customs authorities at the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)
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hanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. delivers three ship-to-shore giant cranes to the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)
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The heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 13 transported the giant ship-to-shore cranes to the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)
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The newly arrived giant ship-to-shore cranes are designated the numbers 205, 206 and 207 and will be docked at the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)
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Senior Director of Maintenance Port of Houston Authority Paolo Soares oversees the docking of the ship-to-shore giant cranes arriving at the Port of Houston Authority in Morgan’s Point, Texas. (Leslie Plaza Johnson/Freelance)