ZPMC aids Canadian expansion

28 February 2008

A Canadian port has purchased Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company's (ZPMC) 1,000th crane.

The 65 tonne lifting capacity ship-to-shore container crane is the 13th of its type to be installed at the Port of Vancouver. It was bought by the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) and Canada's TSI Terminal Systems.

“TSI's latest crane purchase is part of our ongoing upgrade programme to service new, larger ships and increase capacity at our Vanterm terminal to 850,000 TEUs [twenty foot equivalent units],” said Norman Stark, president and CEO at TSI.

The twin lift crane has a waterside outreach of 198 feet (60 m) and a back reach of 50 feet (15 m). Vertical height from apron to spreader is 125 feet (38 m), while lifting speed is 527 feet per minute (161 m/min), which amounts to more than 40 moves a minute.

Growth in the container sector represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and British Columbia, explained Stark, with container expansion at the Port of Vancouver expected to add CA$8 billion (US$7.6 billion) by 2020.

“Looking forward to the future growth of our Pacific Gateway, TSI is committed to meeting our customers' needs and providing world-class marine terminal services through sustainable expansion and leading-edge technology,” Stark added.

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