Friday, August 22, 2014

Port Tampa Bay to acquire two giant cranes

On Tuesday the Tampa Port Authority gave the go ahead for the order two new gantry cranes at a total cost of $21.5 million from Shanghai's Zhenhua Heavy Industries.

"When we (meet) with the global ocean carriers," said Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson, "they are telling us, 'We need you to have bigger cranes for us.' "

The cranes should take about two years to build and install. The new cranes, which will take two years to build and install, will bring the port's cargo crane tally to five. The current three are 42-years-old and can stretch 110 feet over a cargo ship. The new ones will extend to 160 feet.

Anderson wants to increase the port's fledgling container business, which would be more lucrative than Tampa Bay's bulk cargo, such as phosphates and anhydrous ammonia, that currently dominates its business.

The port handled 34,379 TEUs in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, an 11 percent increase year-over-year.

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