Print
Maritime

Third Neo Panamax Crane Floats To New Home At Port

By Jenny Callison, posted Apr 8, 2019
A nearly 1.6-ton, 151-foot-tall neo-Panamax crane arrived at the Port of Wilmington on Monday. (Photo by Jenny Callison)
The Port of Wilmington welcomed its third neo-Panamax crane Monday afternoon, a long-awaited element in the port’s major infrastructure initiative. The new crane joins two identical structures that arrived at the port in March 2018.

The specialized ship carrying the crane made its way up the Cape Fear River, arriving about 1 p.m. Monday.

Installation of the new crane will take about two months. The crane -- along with berth enhancements to give the port 2,600 consecutive linear feet of docking and unloading space, and widening of the port’s turning basin – will double the port’s capacity and triple its refrigerated container capacity, officials said.

While all the port's cranes are used to load and unload cargo, the neo-Panamax cranes enables the Port of Wilmington to handle 14,000 TEU vessels, the largest ships currently calling at East Coast ports.

TEU stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit, which can be used to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity. The dimensions of one TEU are equal to that of a standard 20-foot shipping container, which is 20 feet long and 8 feet tall.

The third crane will be positioned along the dock to facilitate unloading of two neo-Panamax cargo ships simultaneously, Brian Clark, N.C. Ports' chief operating officer, said Monday after supervising the crane’s safe arrival at the port. That has not been possible before, he said, adding that he anticipates demand for such capacity once the port enhancements are complete.

A third element to increasing the port’s neo-Panamax capacity, and thus its ability to compete with other ports, is a wider turning basin. That part of the port plan has run into difficulty: in March the N.C. Division of Coastal Management denied the port’s application for the necessary dredging and construction permit, citing environmental concerns.

The N.C. Ports is appealing that decision and has presented a mitigation plan to address the state department’s concerns about a wider turning basin’s environmental impact, Clark said, adding that a variance hearing is scheduled for this month.
Ports officials are hopeful that they will get a thumbs-up on the project, given the mitigation measures they propose, Clark said.

The three neo-Panamax cranes were purchased for $33.8 million from Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC). ZPMC is the world’s largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer of port equipment, according to Port of Wilmington officials, who added that there are currently no American manufacturers of ship-to-shore container cranes. Each weighs 1,553 tons and stands 151 feet high.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Mike stonestreet 300x300

What To Do If There Are Insufficient Reserve Funds

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
Michaelhiggins 41019104338

Pre-Planning Essentials For The Frequent Traveler

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial
Chris coudriet

Sewer And Water Along 421 Creates Corridor Primed For Growth And New Jobs

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government

Trending News

Investors Commit $545M To Local Venture Capital Firm

Jenny Callison - Jan 22, 2020

New Firm Aims To Grow Its Stake In Wilmington's Industrial Real Estate

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jan 23, 2020

Update: Negotiations Begin For Major Redevelopment Project

Cece Nunn - Jan 22, 2020

Local Firm Acquires Real Estate School

Cece Nunn - Jan 22, 2020

Senior Living Development Proposed On Middle Sound Loop Road

Cece Nunn - Jan 24, 2020

In The Current Issue

A Matter Of School Days For Tourism

Although the school calendar is staying the same for now for New Hanover County schools, it’s an ongoing issue that tourism and educators gr...


Packaged For Generations

Family firm Atlantic Packaging is putting the final touches on its newly expanded headquarters and opening a new location this month. ...


MADE: Driven To Expand Business

South Atlantic Services is a Wilmington-headquartered contract manufacturing and packaging company that makes automotive and industrial cool...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WILMA Leadership Accelerator
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`