Napier Port’s two new mobile harbour cranes arrived at the Port this morning after a five week voyage from Hamburg, Germany.
The Port’s two replacement cranes, representing an investment of over $13 million, are expected to start commercial operation in October in time for the Port’s forthcoming busy export season.
Napier Port Chief Executive, Garth Cowie says, “With container volumes jumping from last year’s 220, 048 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) to around 250, 000 TEUs this year, our crane fleet must adapt to the increasing volumes through the Port as the region’s export sector continues to expand.
“These new cranes represent a significant investment and will help ensure we deliver a faster and more consistent performance for our customers at our busiest times, thanks to their improved technology, higher cycle speeds and impressive lifting capacity.”
The cranes have a similar design and construction as the Port’s two existing Terex Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbour cranes that were commissioned in 2013, lifting up to 100 tonnes each.
Their arrival means that the Port will have four front line, high-spec cranes it can operate continuously to unload vessels, with a further two support cranes as back-up. The boom length will also allow the Port to service wider vessels up to a beam of 40m if future ship changes dictate, significantly wider than the current Panamax class of vessel at 32m beam.
Over the next six weeks, the cranes are being assembled by Terex Gottwald technicians and will undergo a comprehensive testing programme before commissioning and joining the existing fleet.
The fleet upgrade is part of a wider investment programme the Port is undertaking to help ensure it remains Central New Zealand’s leading international sea port and meets the needs of both the region’s growing cargo base and the 13 international container lines calling in Napier.
Other recent investments include the opening of its new 7ha offsite empty depot, a new vehicle booking system, additional lanes and realignment of its container terminal gate, a new Port Central Building combining both operations and administration, employing more staff and buying more container handling equipment.