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Port & Ship: Loading & Unloading “I don’t know of anyone else who handles it all. There are contractors that do the lifting, moving, etc., but none of the other OEM’s has service companies with our capabilities.”

Jeff Rosenberg,

VP, Sales & Marketing, ZPMC Crane Services

Image: ZPMC typical turnaround time of a large post-Panamax crane cranes to Charleston. cargo ships. Last month the SCPA Board of Directors order – from contract signing to delivery – can range “The idea to use our ship to move these cranes was approved the purchase of two additional cranes of this from 12 to 18 months. And, the market has been boom- presented, and a contract was negotiated and signed. size for delivery at the end of 2017, coinciding with ing. All during the construction of the Panama Canal, Things moved very quickly as the ship was now wait- the completion of the wharf project. The deal represents ports and terminals everywhere have been preparing ing for the cranes which had about 3-4 weeks’ worth still more repeat business for ZPMC.

to handle bigger ships. This means new cranes, raising of preparation before being ready to load on the ship. For his part, Jim Newsome, SCPA’s President and existing cranes, dredging, and wharf improvements; During this time Hurricane Matthew hit the east coast CEO was effusive in his praise of the ZPMC team. all in the hope they will attract new business from the and shut down operations for over a week. Finally, with “ZPMC is the world’s largest manufacturer of ship-to-

Panama Canal expansion. prep work completed, the cranes loaded, transported, shore container cranes and a world class engineering

No two assignments are exactly alike. A port might and unloaded, we received and e-mail from DP World company which has enabled the growth of container- choose to have ZPMC demolish and remove an existing last week with a picture of both cranes working a ship ization. We are proud to have them as our partner.” And crane and then dispose of the scrap. Rosenberg adds, for the ? rst time.” This assignment was truly the ul- it wasn’t too long after the cranes were delivered and “The scrap value is factored into the demo price.” Or, a timate ‘turnkey job,’ attempted and completed under began working that SCPA reported its strongest No- port or terminal might get lucky and be able to sell its sometimes trying circumstances. vember container volumes on record. Fiscal year-to- older, smaller crane(s) to another port, in which case, ZPMC’s heavylift vessel Zhen Hua 14 stood by in date pier container volume at the port is up 4 percent,

ZPMC might also be tasked with its safe removal and Charleston for the preparation work to be completed with 487,924 boxes moved at its North Charleston and redelivery. as a 30-man ZPMC crew jacked up the cranes and per- Wando Welch container terminals.

The cranes, for the most part, are quite robust and formed the alterations. But on October 7, ? ve weeks The arrival of new cranes, especially post-Panamax have long lifespans. But, says Rosenberg, it is usually into the project, the vessel was ordered out to sea to units is typically a joyous event at most ports. SCPA a sale of opportunity. “There is not a great demand for take it out of the path of was no different and in a concerted outreach to the used cranes, mostly because of the cost to transport Hurricane Matthew. The project was idled for 10 days local community designed, in part, to raise the port’s them,” he said, adding, “There are a lot of older cranes until the ship could return. Eventually, the vessel made exposure to the general public, two Charleston elemen- available for sale.” the six-day trip to New Brunswick, and of? oaded the tary students earned $500 from SCPA for their school, ? rst crane on November 1. Notably, ZMPC of? oaded thanks to their winning entries in a Port contest to name

Real Jobs: real results the ? rst crane on a rising tide in 35 minutes using the cranes at the Wando Welch Terminal. A team of SCPA

A fast-track project by ZPMC Crane Services helped ship’s specialized gear. The second crane was unloaded employees selected two entries, which have been paint-

North American operations for DP World this month at in just 28 minutes. ed onto the cranes. Cranebob Bluepants and Heavy the port of Saint John, New Brunswick. ZPMC Crane Before all of that could happen, however, the deliv- Metal were the winning entries.

Services was able to prioritize and complete an STS ery of SCPA’s two super post-Panamax cranes marked Elsewhere, the tallest port crane in North America crane modi? cation and relocation project with an ex- a signi? cant milestone in the Port’s big ship readi- was recently raised to that height by ZPMC, which tremely short deadline, with work days reduced even ness. This is to be followed in the coming years by raised the crane 33 feet (10.08 meters) to prepare for more by Hurricane Matthew. Indeed, and in this case, the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and Ultra-Large Container Vessels calling at APM Termi- the agreement for the sale of the cranes between the harbor deepening to 52 feet. The ZPMC-manufactured nal’s Pier 400. In a landmark project that kicked off

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCSPA) and St John cranes now provide SCPA with 155 feet of lift height July 1, 2016, ZPMC is upgrading 10 cranes for APM was not ? nalized until ZPMC was delivering the new from the dock to enable SCPA to work larger container Pier 400 Terminal. When complete, the cranes will 72 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MARCH 2017

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