FIVE quay cranes have been dispatched from ZPMC in the last shipment of a nine-crane order for DP World Australia’s container terminals.
The cranes come on the heels of a four-crane shipment, which arrived earlier this year, and are a part of a $180m investment in port equipment.
According to a DP World Australia spokesperson, this shipment is due to at its first port of call, Fremantle, in the middle of this month to deliver one crane. The vessel will then continue on to Brisbane to deliver one crane, then on to Sydney for two cranes, and on to Melbourne to deliver the final crane.
In an interview on the sideline of last week’s Ports Australia Biennial Conference in Darwin, DP World Australia CEO Paul Scurrah told Daily Cargo News the company needed to add bigger cranes quickly.
“If you asked all the stevedores, and they answered honestly, all of us have been taken by surprise by the extent to which the vessels are upsizing to our country,” he said.
“You’ll now see a more measured pattern of introduction of equipment over the next 10 to 20 years throughout our business.”
Mr Scurrah said DPWA would time equipment introduction in the future so it doesn’t put too much pressure on operations.
“Certainly trying to put nine quay cranes in within the space of the year is disruptive, and we prefer to avoid that in the future,” he said.
Crane features include:
- Rated capacity under spreader 65 tonnes and 75 tonne under heavy lift beam;
- Outreach of 51 metres, with a rail gauge of 25.3 metres;
- Hoist height above rail is 38 metres;
- Hoist speed 90 metres per minute loaded and 180 metres per minute unloaded; and
- Cross-travel speed 240 metres per minute.