MOBILE, Ala. – Two super post-Panamax STS cranes have arrived at APM terminals in Mobile. The cranes departed from Shanghai in April on the ZHEN HUA 23 and took the Cape of Good Hope route to the Port of Mobile.
The cranes, which have a container reach of 22 rows wide and the port’s draft of 45 feet, give the port the capability to accommodate vessels of up to 14,000 TEU capacity – or the new Panamax limit of the expanded Panama Canal locks. The cranes also help the Port of Mobile continue its ascent as the port of choice for U.S. Gulf Coast ports, according to the Alabama Port Authority.
With a value of $13 million each, the cranes are 364 feet tall at their stowed position (booms at a 45-degree angle) and 431 feet in height with boom fully upright position. The stowed position is how the cranes will be positioned. The only time the 431-foot height will be achieved will be during crane inspections/maintenance.
The arrival of the cranes complements a $47.5 Million Phase II expansion that adds 20 acres to the existing 95-acre container terminal. Phase II will complete this month.