DP World has received two new quay cranes at a terminal it will start operating at the Port of Saint John, located in the east of Canada.
In August 2016, the terminal operator announced that it signed a 35-year lease to expand and operate the multi-purpose Rodney Container Terminal, which it will begin operating on January 1 next year.
The purchase of the new cranes is part of a US$205m infrastructure project to modernise the port expected to be completed in 2021.
The expansion project includes building a 350 m deep-water berth, an improved stacking area and a 12,000 ft intermodal rail yard.
The new cranes will be able to operate 16 container-wide, 6,500 teu capacity vessels, which are larger than the average 3,000 teu ships currently being operated.
Other features include the ability to handle larger vessels in all loading and tidal conditions.
According to the port operator, as Saint John has some of the largest tides in the world, “being able to continuously operate ships through a 7.7m tidal cycle improves current operational capabilities”.
The new units are also equipped with modern drives and controls, which are expected to further enhance operational capabilities.
To prepare for the new larger cranes, the facility’s Rodney Terminal wharf infrastructure will be upgraded.
Matthew Leech, senior vice president and managing director of DP World Americas Region, said: “DP World Saint John will bring significant benefits to New Brunswick and Maritimes [the Canadian region where New Brunswick is located] importers and exporters through our investment in modern container handling equipment that will be capable of serving post-Panamax container vessels in line with the port authority’s expansion works program.”
The Rodney Container Terminal is the only Atlantic Canadian port served by the country’s Class I railways, Canada National Railway and Canada Pacific Railway.