The new ZMPC quay cranes are claimed to have 30% higher productivity than standard quay cranes. They can handle two 40 ft containers simultaneously, or can be adjusted to handle four 20 ft containers. They have an outreach of 67 m across 24 containers and a rail gauge of 35 m, the widest in southern China. This will allow more tractor traffic under the cranes, resulting in faster turnaround times and greater efficiency.
The RTGs, one-over-six-high and one-plus-six-wide, have a span of 23.5 m, offering the highest yard stacking capacity currently available. They are also equipped with the latest safety features.
The five-berth Da Chan Bay Terminal One is a major element in Shenzhen’s infrastructure development. The 1.1m sq m terminal, managed by Modern Terminals Limited of Hong Kong, has a designed annual throughput capacity of 2.5m teu and a quay length of 1,830 m, with an alongside depth of 15.5 m. The first two berths are due to go into service by the end of 2007.