Business is booming for ZPMC USA, with crane raises underway on both coasts and over 30 new crane deliveries scheduled for 2019.
ZPMC USA, the designated provider for offloading, assembly, warranty work and support for ZPMC North America Inc. in the U.S. and Caribbean, is expanding its operations again to keep up with demand. “We have grown very quickly,” said Vice President, Sales and Marketing Jeff Rosenberg. “We opened our sixth U.S. service centre in South Florida this month, specifically to serve the South Florida ports. Our other service centre locations include Elizabeth, N.J., Portsmouth, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., Tacoma, Wash., and Los Angeles, Calif.”
On the new crane front ZPMC USA is involved in off loading and commissioning the four new STS cranes that arrived in Virginia on the Zhen Hua 27 in early January. These latest cranes have a massive 26-row outreach, and take the fleet of ZPMC STS crane at Virginia to 12. ZPMC has a total of 27 more new cranes to deliver to 11 different ports in 2019. Over half of these are STS cranes.
As well as new crane projects, ZPMC USA services both ZPMC equipment and cranes built by other manufacturers. The service side of the business has been expanding rapidly, as US ports raise cranes for higher deck stows and, frequently, take the opportunity to perform other upgrades at the same time.
ZPMC USA has raised 15 cranes to date, and has three currently in progress. In the first two weeks of 2019, ZPMC USA completed the last of four cranes for the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) in Charleston, S.C. These are Paceco Hyundai cranes, and the project included new LED lighting and several other upgrades.
Also in January ZPMC USA raised the second of four cranes for Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, N.J. “We believe the raises for Maher Terminals are the largest that have ever been done,” said Rosenberg. The height of the raise was not disclosed, but it is known that the APM Terminals’ cranes in Los Angeles were raised by 33ft, and the Charleston cranes were raised by 40ft, so the Maher cranes are being raised even further. ZPMC USA did confirm the work at Maher can be completed without changing the main hoist system.
ZPMC has four proprietary jacking systems available for crane raise work in the U.S. that accommodate varying pier loading situations and height increases. Two of the jacking frames load off the dock, and 2 are designed to jack the crane from its own structure to avoid putting any extra weight on the pier.
“Since ZPMC opened up its service operation in the U.S. three years ago we have grown rapidly to include approximately 100 employees nationwide,” said Anastasio. “In addition to recruiting some of the best talent in the industry, we have made a significant investment in equipment. We have also established a strong network of subcontractors and suppliers to support us. Today we are in an excellent position to offer a wide range of services to our customers.”