Houston port receives super post-panamax cranes

Houston port receives super post-panamax cranesThe Port of Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal has received three new super post-panamax cranes.

The cranes highlight the port’s $100 million investment in facility upgrades to handle the increasingly larger ships calling at the port.

The three 270 foot-tall neopanamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are the first of two crane shipments Port Houston is to receive this week. An additional five cranes scheduled for delivery are rubber-tired- gantry (RTG) cranes.

“The level of activity with the shipments of cranes this week is unprecedented,” said Executive Director Roger Guenther. “To see the visual display of both ship-to-shore and container yard cranes being delivered to our newly constructed Wharf #2 at Bayport in a matter of days is an amazing demonstration of our commitment to investment at work.”

Port Houston is the largest container port on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, handling nearly 70 percent of all containers moving through the gulf. Considerable strategic investment is being made by Port Houston in response to the steady growth it is experiencing.

The new cranes at Bayport and construction of Bayport Wharf #2 are a part of its program to increase capacity, cargo-handling efficiency and support the port’s infrastructure. The port’s newest ship-to-shore cranes will be the largest cranes in Texas, standing nearly 30 stories tall with a boom length of 211 feet able to load and unload vessels up to 22 containers wide.

The newest STS cranes cost about $35 million and the RTG cranes cost a little more than $2 million each. Construction of Bayport’s Wharf #2 is an estimated $35 million project. Bayport Container Terminal recently recorded the largest number of single- vessel container box lifts in its history, with more than 4,800 lifts performed during one vessel operation.

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority also recently awarded a $49 million construction contract for Container Yard 7 at the Bayport Terminal, which will add 50 additional acres of container yard storage area.

The three newest STS cranes will bring to a total number of 26 ship-to-shore cranes operational cranes working at Port Houston’s Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals, 13 of which are super post-panamax.

The delivery of the five new RTG’s is part of an order of ten cranes. The next five RTG’s are scheduled to arrive sometime in September.

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