STS cranes arrive at Antwerp Gateway with delay


ZPMC rail-mounted gantry cranes for DP World’s Antwerp Gateway, capable of handling 24,000 TEU container ships, arrived late due to an oil spill.

The heavy cargo vessel carrying two STS cranes for DP World’s Antwerp Gateway arrived at the Port of Antwerp last Friday, delayed by a week due to an oil spill in the Deurganck dock. Three similar cranes were delivered to Antwerp Gateway in April 2023.

Owned by Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC, the Zhen Hua 36 vessel was anchored in the North Sea for over a week, reported. It departed from Shanghai on 4 April with four STS cranes on board, two of which were delivered to DP World’s London Gateway Terminal in early June.

The new ZPMC rail-mounted gantry cranes can handle up to 26 container rows wide on a ship, and handle 24,000 TEU container ships.  The two units have an outreach of 71 meters, a backreach of 23 meters, a rail gauge of 30.48 meters, and a total lifting height of 75.5 meters.

The cranes join the existing fleet of 13 cranes at the terminal, positioned on the eastern side of the Deurganck dock.

The cranes are part of a €200 million investment plan for the modernisation, greening, and capacity expansion of the Antwerp Gateway terminal, co-supported by the European Commission.

This expansion will enable the terminal to stack almost one million more containers by 2026 on the same surface area, using 100% green energy and emission-reducing technology, increasing capacity from 2.5 million to 3.8 million TEU.

ZPMC’s recent deliveries

As WorldCargo News recently reported, the first consignment of ZPMC’s five double-cantilever automated rail cranes (ARMGs), arrived in mid-June in Chancay in Peru. For this phase of the COSCO Shipping Chancay Project, ZPMC is supplying six remote-controlled STS cranes and fifteen double-cantilever automated stacking cranes. The STS cranes have an outreach of 72 m and a lift height above the rail of 54 m.

Additionally, three ZPMC STS cranes and three hybrid ARTGs cranes were dispatched to Dammam Terminal in Saudi Arabia. The STS cranes have a minimum outreach of 25 rows, with the possibility of further extension. The RTGs have a capacity of 40t, a loading profile of 6+1 rows wide and a stacking height of one-over-six.

Furthermore, three ZPMC STS cranes were delivered to Cangzhou Huanghua Port and the second batch of seven RTGs to MTL Terminal in Hong Kong.

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