Ashdod, Israel (PortSEurope) July 21, 2019 – Ashdod port has received the largest port crane in the country. The Chinese company ZPMC supplied the crane at a cost of €9.5 million ($10.67 million) and the port hopes to acquire a further nine units.
The crane reaches to a height of 123.5 metres with its arm fully raised; it is designed to handle containers and abnormal loads, and to work with ships with a capacity of 18,000 TEU. The length of the crane’s water side boom is 66 metres, suitable for ships with a width of 59 metres carrying 23 rows of containers.
The crane should improve working speeds by about 15%, reducing the time required to load containers and cargo, and with an improvement of up to 30% in trolley speed (into and out of the ship).
It can lift about 65 tons of containers, and up to 95 tons of abnormal load, using a special hook, actions that were not possible until now.
Orna Hozman Bechor, chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Ashdod Port Company, added that “The introduction of the largest crane in Israeli ports puts Ashdod Port at the forefront of operations and technology, and will enable the company to continue providing the most advanced solution currently available in the field of marine cargo in Israel, with considerable improvement to the Port’s output.”
Yitzhak Blumenthal, CEO of the Ashdod Port Company, noted that “This is a unique operational project, which required long and intense preparation by everyone involved at the Port. The Ashdod Port Company stands for excellence and innovation, and the entry of Israel’s largest crane expresses these values.”
Separately, the port has also acquired eight 16-tonne forklifts from the Kalmar company.
Source: Ashdod Port Company
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