Third Neo-Panamax Crane Delivered To Port Of Wilmington

North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane arrived to the Port of Wilmington on Monday morning. The Zhen Hua 25 arrived to the port following a three-month journey from Shanghai, China.  The 151' tall crane is identical to two that were delivered to the Port of Wilmington on March 29th, 2018. Portions of the Cape Fear River were closed to vessel traffic during delivery on Monday April 8th due to the size of the crane. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane arrived to the Port of Wilmington on Monday morning. The Zhen Hua 25 arrived to the port following a three-month journey from Shanghai, China. The 151' tall crane is identical to two that were delivered to the Port of Wilmington on March 29th, 2018. Portions of the Cape Fear River were closed to vessel traffic during delivery on Monday April 8th due to the size of the crane. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)

Third Neo-Panamax Crane Delivered To Port Of Wilmington Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 09 April 2019 03:39

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - A large ship delivered a new crane to the NC Port of Wilmington on Monday April 8th prompting closure of portions of the Cape Fear River for a time.

The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced plans to close the river during delivery of the 151' foot tall crane to establish a safety zone.

The crane was built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). They are taller with longer booms, to accommodate the loading and unloading needs of ultra-Panamax container vessels reaching the United States East Coast.

“The arrival of the third neo-Panamax crane is a continuation of a massive infrastructure improvements plan NC Ports has in place to enhance the terminal in Wilmington,” said Brian E. Clark, North Carolina Ports Chief Operating Officer. “The advancements we’re making with our cranes, container terminal and gate complex are paving the way for monumental growth at the Port of Wilmington and allowing us to efficiently accommodate our growing customer base.”

According to Port officials, "North Carolina Ports’ $200 million capital improvements plan includes a wider turning basin, berth enhancements, the new neo-Panamax cranes and an overhaul of Wilmington’s container terminal. The terminal renovations will double the port’s annual throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEUs and triple its refrigerated container capacity to 1,000 plugs. The three neo-Panamax cranes were purchased for $33.8 million and manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). ZPMC is the world’s largest heavy duty equipment manufacturer of port equipment. There are currently no domestic manufacturers of ship-to-shore container cranes."

North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus an inland terminal in Charlotte, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to more than 87,700 jobs and $678 million a year in state and local tax revenues.


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