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DP World Australia’s Melbourne terminal, located at West Swanson Dock, welcomed the arrival of two new ZPMC quay cranes yesterday (Tuesday 27 March 2018).

The huge cranes standing over 70 metres high above the deck of vessel Zhen Hua 21, were specially designed to allow passage under the Westgate Bridge.

Weighing 1200 tonnes each, the cranes can lift 75 tonne - the equivalent weight of a Boeing 737.

DP World Australia’s Chief Officer Operations Terminals Max Kruse said,

“The new ZPMC cranes are at the leading edge of port equipment and technology, and can service large vessels carrying up to 10,000 containers.

“Each crane is worth $14 million and is a key part of the investment in our Melbourne terminal. The new cranes and our continued investment in our terminals will ensure we can efficiently meet our customer’s future requirements.”

DP World Australia has recently invested AUD $180 million in port equipment nationally, $70 million of which has been invested in the Melbourne Terminal.

By the end of March 2018, Melbourne terminal’s straddle carrier fleet will have received 21 replacement machines and an additional ZPMC quay crane is due be delivered and commissioned by October 2018.

Quick facts:

  • Rated capacity under spreader 65 tonnes and 75 tonne under heavy lift beam
  • Outreach of 51 metres, with a rail gauge of 25.3 metres
  • Hoist height above rail is 38 metres
  • Hoist speed 90 metres/minute loaded and 180 metres/minute unloaded
  • Cross travel speed 240 metres/minute

About DP World Australia

DP World Australia is Australia’s integral port supply chain partner and part of the DP World network of 70 international container terminals. Our dedicated and professional team of 2,000 people operating marine ports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle cultivate long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain. Customer care is our first priority. We create tomorrow’s supply chain solutions, today.

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DP World Australia
Gabrielle Hickson
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