World's largest quay cranes arrive at Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi's port expands its capacity for $28mn cranes
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ADPC, the developer of ports and industrial zones, and Abu Dhabi Terminals, ADT, the container terminal operator, have announced the arrival of three of the world’s largest and most modern ship-to-shore quay cranes at Khalifa Port.
The Super Post Panamax quay cranes were produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. in China at a cost of $28mn.
The three new quay cranes will be in addition to the six already operational cranes at Khalifa Port’s current container terminal. Six automated stacking cranes (ASC) have also recently joined the former 30 ASCs at Khalifa Port, and a further six are expected to arrive later in Q1.
"After more than 100,000 TEUs passed through Khalifa Port last year in October, which was the highest number of containers ever handled in a single month in Abu Dhabi, the start of the new year has already been promising and signalled a significant increase in the Emirate's import and export activities over the next 12 months.
"By investing in our state-of-the-art infrastructure, we are further establishing Khalifa Port as one of the best equipped and most technologically advanced ports in the world," said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of ADPC.
The cranes are specifically used for unloading large container vessels. The nine STS cranes will be able to handle up to 315 containers per hour.
The industry leading STS cranes at Khalifa Port are specifically used for unloading container vessels which have become notably bigger over the past years.
Vessels with a container volume of up to 14,000 TEUs are currently calling at Khalifa Port whose nine STS cranes will be able to handle up to 315 containers per hour (35 containers per crane, per hour).