The ZPMC cranes were built in Shanghai and sailed 15,904 nautical miles onboard the Zhen Hua 25, a large specialized heavy load carrier vessel, on a 60-day journey to Houston, arriving just before 11 a.m. local time on February 8, 2012.
Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said, “The purchase and installation of these cranes represents a significant infrastructure investment for Port Houston, which will benefit our customers and partners, as well as the Texas economy.”
With the addition of the new cranes, Port Houston now has 28 STS cranes and 110 RTG cranes in its fleet.
The new cranes are the biggest ever delivered at Port Houston. They are 158 feet under the spreader bar, with a 22-container outreach.
The cranes will help in maintaining business growth after a record-breaking year at Port Houston in 2021.
“Port Houston is an operating port. The new STS cranes show Port Houston’s continued commitment to stay ahead of growth in our region,” Guenther said.
“These cranes are our biggest yet and will facilitate working 15,000 TEU sized vessels anticipated to call our terminals upon completion of the Houston Ship Channel Expansion – Project 11.”
The new STS cranes are expected to be fully operational by the summer, ahead of new carrier services and vessel improvements.