The Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) has received its first two super post-Panamax cranes at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.
The new units, manufactured by ZPMC, are 13 m taller than the neighboring Walt Whitman Bridge with their boom in the upwards position.
PhilaPort, along with Packer Avenue Marine Terminal’s operator – Astro Holdings, Inc. (a Holt Logistics affiliate) – have purchased the cranes as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s US$300m Port Development Plan.
The gantry cranes, which cost US$12m each, will be capable of discharging containers from the larger vessels that have called the US East Coast since the expansion of the Panama Canal opened in 2016.
Jeff Theobald, executive director and CEO of PhilaPort, said: “Last year we hit an East Coast record of 19% container growth. To sustain that type of growth, these new cranes are a necessity.
“The arrival of the cranes is a perfect example of public/private investment into the state’s critical infrastructure.”
In the first quarter of 2019, PhilaPort will be adding another two identical cranes and Astro Holdings another one crane at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal; bringing the total number of cranes at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal to seven.