New cranes increase handling capacity for Ports of Auckland

Fergusson container terminal The cranes will be used at Fergusson container terminal

Three new cranes ordered by Ports of Auckland (POAL) will be able to carry up to four containers at once.

The order from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (ZPMC) is part of an investment in projects at Auckland’s port to increase capacity from 900,000 teus a year to around 1.6 –1.7m teus.

Wayne Thompson, deputy chief executive at POAL, said: “The new cranes will be able to carry up to four containers at once, so we will be able to load and unload ships faster.”

Fergusson container terminal

The cranes will be used on POAL’s new deep-water container berth at the north end of Fergusson container terminal and are due to be delivered in late 2018.

Mr Thompson added: “The new berth they will be installed on is our deepest, so this will become our premium berth able to handle the biggest ships with higher productivity.”

The cranes will feature energy efficient Siemens Sinamics main drives and 26kW solar power systems.

Lashing platforms

They will be fitted with ‘lashing platforms’ to improve safety for operators - retrofits will also take place on existing cranes.

Ports of Auckland estimates it will be able to handle up to 3m teus with further investment.

Mr Thompson said that recent efficiency gains meant Ports of Auckland no longer needed a second container terminal and that the old container cranes on Bledisloe wharf would be removed.

Kalmar order

Kalmar, in conjunction with NTP Forklifts Australia, has also confirmed an order from ANL for six empty container handlers to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.

The Kalmar DCG80-100 range will be powered by Cummins engines and incorporate the Kalmar SmartFleet system, designed to enable performance-boosting remote monitoring and reporting.

Michael Wahab, director of mobile equipment at Kalmar, said the container handlers will feature “load sensing hydraulics and a choice of options for greater fuel efficiency including Eco Drive Modes, Stop/Start technology and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.”

This order will be the first for ANL's Altona, Melbourne site and the first order to include empty container handlers fitted with 7 high Triplex masts in Australia and New Zealand.

This solution allows the mast to collapse into three parts.

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