Port Newark Container Terminal in May will take delivery of three super-post-Panamax cranes that will span 22 rows of containers, have capacity to lift 65 tons, and handle ships with capacities up to 14,000 20-foot-equivalent units.
The cranes, built by ZPMC, are scheduled to be put into service by late August or early September, said PNCT President James Pelliccio.
The new cranes are part of a $500 million expansion at PNCT, which handles approximately one-fifth of the container volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in the terminal.
PNCT’s expansion includes development of additional acreage, deepening its berths to 50 feet, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment. PNCT has completed the upgrade of its fleet of container-handling equipment.
The port authority is expanding PNCT’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, adding 5,000 feet of rail track and giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 2015.