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Port of Savannah takes delivery of four super-post Panamax cranes

Four huge new ship-to-shore cranes from Konecranes in Finland arrived at Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal this week, bringing the total number of electric-powered container cranes to 25 – the most of any single terminal in the U.S.

"These new super-post Panamax cranes further enhance the cargo handling efficiency at the fourth-busiest container terminal in the nation," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "Combined with the largest single container terminal in North America and two Class I railroads on site, these cranes will make the customer experience even smoother."

The enormous cranes can reach across vessels 22 containers wide and lift cargo weighing up to 65 long tons to a height of 136 feet above the dock. Each crane weighs 1,388 tons and measures 433 feet wide and 185 feet tall.

"Like our other cranes, these machines will generate their own power for 18 minutes out of every hour of operation by capturing energy while lowering containers," Foltz said.

Of the GPA's current fleet of cranes, nine are post-Panamax and 16 are super post-Panamax (for vessels too large to transit Panama). The cranes operate over a dock featuring 9,700 feet of contiguous berth space.

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