Watch STS crane offloading excellence in action


PCMC showcases the precision and expertise required in crane offloading operations.

Screengrab © The Pacific Companies

Pacific Crane Maintenance Company (PCMC), a Long Beach-based company providing container crane commissioning and start-up services, has shared a captivating video showcasing the intricate job of transporting and offloading of ship-to-shore cranes.

PCMC partners with shipping companies, terminal operators, port authorities, the Pacific Maritime Association, intermodal equipment providers, and equipment manufacturers to offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services for all types of shore-based cargo handling, containers, and transport refrigeration equipment.

The operation, executed in early 2024, involved the offloading of two cranes at Long Beach Container Terminal and one at Everport Terminal Services.

The cranes, manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC), were loaded onto Liberia-flagged Zhen Hua 36 heavy lift vessel, which arrived to the Port of Long Beach in January 2024.

The offloading of ship-to-shore cranes is no ordinary task; it demands careful consideration of factors such as weight distribution, crane stability, and environmental conditions as well as safety protocols and rigorous planning throughout the operation to ensure its successful completion.

The process involves intricate coordination among various stakeholders, including port authorities, terminal operators, and stevedores.

As informed, the operation was carried out in coordination with the company’s sister stevedoring company, Pacific Terminal Services Company, and ZPMC.

Long Beach Container Terminal has three berths at the Port of Long Beach featuring 4200 feet of wharf line and the deepest dredged dockside of any U.S. Pacific Coast port. LBCT runs 18 ship-to-shore cranes, six intermodal rail cranes, 69 yard gantry cranes – all electrified – and 102 autonomous battery powered transport vehicles. The terminal’s investment in green technologies has resulted in an 86 percent reduction in greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions to date, while quadrupling LBCT’s cargo-handling capacity.

Everport Terminal Services, a subsidiary of Ports America, Inc. and Evergreen Marine Corp. Ltd., owns and operates two container terminals in California. Shipping lines using the terminal include Evergreen, APL, COSCO Shipping, OOCL and CMA CGM.