::PHOTOS: Giant Cranes Up At NC Ports
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Thursday, May 3, 2007
WILMINGTON - The NC Ports Authority dedicated four massive new cranes in Wilmington on April 20th that are designed to speed up loading and unloading from container ships bringing in products from around the world.
Costing a total of $33 million, the cranes are massive with a working height of 235 feet and a length of 430 feet. The 1380 ton cranes can lift up to 75 tons apiece as they unload containers from giant ships that dock alongside the NC Ports facility in Wilmington.
The new cranes are part of Wilmington's five year, $143 million container terminal expansion and the new cranes can now load 18 containers across a ship, compared to a maximum of 13 previously. Of the $33.2 million purchase price, only $14.1 million was funded by appropriations from the N.C. General Assembly with the rest being funded from operations.
The 100-foot-gauge cranes arrived at the Port Feb. 3 after a two-month journey from the facilities of the Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. in Shanghai, where they were built. Minor damage resulting from a collision with a dredge as they were being delivered has been repaired, and the cranes went into service April 9, on schedule. . ::