PhilaPort received its second set of super post-Panamax cranes on Wednesday during the early morning hours, the port announced.
The two new cranes, which cost $12 million each, are identical to the two that were delivered in March 2018. The cranes will be installed at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and operate completely on electricity, which removes diesel emissions, the port said in the press release.
The 1,684-ton cranes, designed by China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited, have a crane height of 391 feet with the boom up and are large enough to load and discharge ultra-large container vessels carrying up to 18,000 TEUs, the port authority said.
A fifth crane is expected to be delivered this summer, which would give the terminal seven cranes. The new equipment is part of the container terminal’s $300 million in terminal improvement projects, which also include strengthening and realigning the berth and removing defunct warehousing.
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