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Oakland gets 1m up on Virginia

Less than a month after Virginia took delivery of cranes that are "the biggest of the big", SSA Terminals has ordered taller cranes.

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The Port of Oakland has announced that its tenant SSA Terminals has ordered three massive new cranes for its Oakland International Container Terminal at a cost of US$30M.


Designed to handle mega vessels up to 23,000 TEU stacking containers up to 12-high on deck, the cranes will have a 225ft outreach (68.5m), and a lift height of 174ft (53m). The port said “the new cranes would be the tallest on the West Coast and perhaps, the nation”. Delivery is expected within 18 months.


As it stands today SSAT’s new cranes will be taller, but with a slightly shorter outreach than the four ZPMC cranes the Virginia Port Authority took delivery of last month. These have an outreach of 69m and a lift height of just under 52m (170ft). At the time they were ordered VPA Board Chairman John G. Milliken said: “These cranes are the biggest of the big – the largest ZPMC has ever delivered to the U.S.”


For the Port of Oakland, SSAT adding new cranes is a welcome endorsement of Oakland’s future. “This demonstrates the faith that business partners have in Oakland as a trade gateway,” said Port Maritime Director John Driscoll. “There’s no more visible sign of a port’s growth than installing larger ship-to-shore cranes.”


“Big ships are the future,” added SSA Containers President Ed DeNike. “They’re coming to Oakland and we’re going to be ready for them.”


SSA currently operates 10 cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal. The Port said it would remove three older units when new ones cranes installed. Of the remaining cranes, SSAT raised the height of four ZPMC units by 26 feet last year, taking their lift height to 141ft.


The port’s budget for its contribution to the work was US$14.8M, but the project went over budget. As the work progressed issues including the use of improper or inadequate materials, cracks in welds, and use of improper fabrication methods were identified. The port noted that ultimately, “the concerns were all addressed and any faults were corrected”, but work extended the project time and increased the cost. The port is now looking to add US$1.8M to the budget to cover these extra costs.

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