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Four new super post-Panamax cranes for Savannah
The new cranes arriving at Savannah

Four new super post-Panamax cranes for Savannah

Assembled in Nantong, China, the cranes can reach across vessels 22 containers wide and lift cargo weighing up to 65 long tons to a height of 136ft (41.5 m) above the dock. Each crane cost US$10m, weighs 1,388 tons and measures 433ft (132 m) wide and 185ft (56 m) tall. Like the other terminals’ cranes, the new machines generate their own power for 18 minutes of every hour operation by capturing energy while lowering containers.

Nine cranes in the fleet are post-Panamax and 16 are super post-Panamax. They are positioned along a dock offering 9,700 ft (2,956 m) of contiguous berth space.

The first crane is due to come online by early July, with the others to follow at intervals of two to three weeks and all four to be operational by September 1, 2013.