Norfolk – The Virginia Port Authority is anticipating the arrival of two new Post-Panamax-class cranes in early February that upon arrival in the Hampton Roads Harbor are destined for APM Terminals, the VPA-leased facility in Portsmouth.
The cranes are in the final stage of a 41-day-long voyage from China to Virginia and scheduled to arrive in the harbor on Feb. 8. (The arrival schedule is subject to change depending on the weather and other factors that could create a delay.) The cranes will arrive in the harbor fully assembled, rigged and mounted atop the vessel transporting them, named Zhenhua 24.
Shortly after the arrival, the vessel will be berthed at APM Terminals and the off-loading process will begin. The off-loading is expected to take seven days and the cranes should be operational by March 1.
The cranes are made by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), the world's leading manufacturer of large port gantry cranes. The company is headquartered in Shanghai and has production eight bases spread among Shanghai, Jiangyin and Nantong.
A little about the cranes coming to The Port of Virginia:
Height: 259 feet
Total lifting height: 190 feet
Outreach: 213 feet
Overall length of boom, back-to-front: 489 feet
Width: 88 feet
Weight, per unit: 1650 Tons
Lift capacity: 41 tons
Pictured: The location of the Zhenhua 24 as of Jan. 28.