The country’s first ever ship-to-shore cranes have now departed Shanghai in China and are expected to arrive at the Lae Tidal Basin’s South Pacific International Container Terminal in the next few days.
The delivery of the two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes came after the announcement of the South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT), a subsidiary port operator of the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), last month in Lae, Morobe Province.
ICTSI in a statement yesterday said the two STS cranes have been successfully loaded onto ZPMC vessel (Zhen Hua 28) and has just departed Shanghai on its way to Lae Tidal Basin (SPICT).
The Lae Tidal Basin (LTB) will be closed beginning November 28 once the cranes arrive in Lae for installation.
The two cranes are expected to arrive between November 29 and 30. The unloading of cranes will be on December 1 to December 5.
The commissioning and handover is set for December 6 to January 1 (26 days) and the Berth LTB opening and the first STS cranes lift is set for January 2, 2023.
ICTSI said the first-in-country cranes will transform the terminal operations in PNG, the biggest terminal in the country will have capacity to handle bigger vessels, same as gear-less vessels.
“It will bring substantial operational efficiencies by decreasing vessel turn-around time at port, and therefore, allow cargo to be ready to be served faster to market,” the company said.
“These cranes will be the tallest infrastructure in Lae and one of the tallest in the country with a height of 43 metres.
“We will have greener operations as these cranes run on electricity unlike the Mobile Harbour Cranes that run on diesel.
“The two STS cranes will allow safer operations with anti-collision and operator-guiding features in the cabin, same as storm/seismic pins.”
According to ICTSI, PNG’s supply chain will benefit from this equipment investment and ICTSI will continue to support the current growth of exporters and importers in the country.
These cranes will allow Lae to position itself as the trade heart (operational hub) of PNG and the Pacific Island region.