ZPMC USA has taken on 50 new staff and opened a new parts warehouse in Virginia as it responds to a boom in crane commissioning and refurbishment on the US East Coast.
ZPMC USA (formerly known as ZPMC Crane Services) is the service subsidiary of ZPMC North America Inc, and this year assumed responsibility for the service associated with all of the ZPMC equipment in the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as the parts business in the eastern and southern regions of the U.S. The company support all brands of cranes, and is currently working on 25 cranes in nine locations.
“We’re very proud of the team we have assembled, and of the work we’re doing to support the ZPMC brand here in the U.S.,” says Jim Anastasio, president of ZPMC USA. “We’re becoming known as the resource that port operators can count on for delivery, installation and startup of new ZPMC equipment and for help with upgrades, major repairs or emergency services. Given the current trends for larger ships, we expect to be busy for the foreseeable future.”
There is a boom in new STS crane deliveries to the US at the moment, and ZPMC is currently working on projects in five major markets on both coasts. Four new STS cranes are being commissioned at APM Terminals in Elizabeth, NJ. These arrived with their booms lowered to pass under the Bayonne bridge. ZPMC USA is also currently commissioning two cranes for PhilaPort, also shipped with their booms lowered.
Elsewhere, ZPMC USA has delivered two new STS cranes to Wilmington, NC, two more to the Port of Charleston, SC and four to the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, WA. “In each case, the driver behind the acquisition was positioning the port to service larger ships. Commissioning and startup work at all of these locations is scheduled to wrap up before the end of the year,” ZPMC noted.
On the refurbishment side, Maher Terminals in Elizabeth NJ has contracted the group to raise four older ZPMC STS cranes to handle mega ships. The scope of work includes performing routine maintenance while the cranes are out of service. The project began in March and should wrap up in 2019. In Charleston, ZPMC USA is raising four STS cranes and upgrading the cranes with LED lighting. Two have been completed and currently ZPMC is working on the third crane. “ZPMC has emerged as a market leader in the crane raise process, aided by the advantage of being the original crane manufacturer with several experienced upgrade teams, and also by a specially designed jacking system,” it stated.
On the west coast, ZPMC has been steadily raising 10 cranes Terex-Noell STS cranes at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 in Los Angeles one at a time, and is currently working on the eighth crane.
In a different project ZPMC USA is repairing damage to seven of the 10 cranes at Freeport, Bahamas caused in hurricanes in 2016 and 2017 to get the cranes back in service. The project includes structural repairs and upgrading all of the electrical drives.
“Our current project portfolio shows the broad geographic representation that we’ve been able to achieve in the U.S. and Caribbean since our port service company launched in January of 2016,” said Anastasio. “In addition to responsibility for offloading, assembly, warranty work and support for ZPMC equipment, we continue to support customers with repairs, upgrades, relocations and rollbacks for port cranes of all makes, coast-to-coast.”