Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) has invested in three giant cranes for its marine terminal at the Port of Oakland, which are the tallest ever at the port and represent an estimated investment of US$30m.
The container cranes are expected to be delivered by the end of December to Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) on a vessel designed to accommodate such large pieces of equipment.
Danny Wan, Port of Oakland’s executive director, said: “These cranes will keep the Port of Oakland competitive so that we can continue to attract the largest vessels calling North America.
“Ultimately, bigger cranes at our waterfront translate into maritime and related jobs for the region.”
SSA ordered the cranes from Shanghai-based ZPMC and they rank among the largest cranes in the US.
Edward DeNike, SSA Containers president, said: “Taller cranes are needed for efficiently handling cargo that arrives on ultra-large container ships.
“This new infrastructure is a commitment to the port that we will continue our maritime business at Oakland well into the future.”
According to SSA, the new cranes will have a lift height of 174 ft above the dock and will be able to reach 225 ft across a ship’s deck.
When the crane booms are in the raised position, they will soar 400 ft above the wharf.
SSA operates 10 cranes at OICT and the port has said it will remove three older cranes from the terminal when the new ones arrive.
Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes said: “There’s no better demonstration of our maritime partner’s faith in the Port of Oakland then investing in these huge ship-to-shore cranes.”