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First remote control STS arrives in the USA

One of three new ZPMC cranes that have arrived in Houston is equipped to be operated by remote control in the future.

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The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) is now taking delivery of three new STS cranes. As reported exclusively in WorldCargo News last year, one of the cranes is equipped to be operated by remote control in the future, using the remote control system from ABB.


The cranes are part of a crane procurement consisting of three STS and 10 RTGs. The three ZPMC STS cranes will be followed in two days by the first shipment of RTGs, which are coming from Konecranes, with a second batch of RTGs to follow in September.


“The level of activity with the shipments of cranes this week is unprecedented,” said Executive Director Roger Guenther. “To see the visual display of both ship-to-shore and container yard cranes being delivered to our newly constructed Wharf #2 at Bayport in a matter of days is an amazing demonstration of our commitment to investment at work.”


Port Houston claims a 70% market share of container traffic in the US Gulf of Mexico, and is investing heavily in adding new capacity, including the new 22-row outreach cranes for Bayport. “The newest STS cranes cost about $35M and the RTG cranes cost a little more than $2M each. Construction of Bayport’s Wharf #2 is an estimated $35 million project. Bayport Container Terminal recently recorded the largest number of single-vessel container box lifts in its history, with more than 4,800 lifts performed during one vessel operation,” the Port Authority noted.


PHA also recently awarded a $49M construction contract for Container Yard 7 at the Bayport Terminal, which will add 50 acres of yard area to the terminal.


When the three new STS cranes are commissioned the port will have 26 STS cranes operating between its Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals.

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