Port of Oakland’s largest terminal gets three giant cranes in fall | Logistics Management

More evidence that West Coast ports are investing in infrastructure surfaced with the announcement that three cranes able to load the world’s largest container ships will soon be headed to the Port of Oakland.

Shanghai-based manufacturer ZPMC said this week that construction of the ship-to-shore behemoths is nearing completion in China.

This news comes in the wake of a report that West Coast ports’ market share has declined 19.4 percent since 2006.

According to a new briefing paper released by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, ports are also encouraged to avoid complacency.

The cranes are due at Oakland International Container Terminal Sept. 14, according to terminal operator SSA Terminals.  At 300-feet-high, it’s believed they’d be the tallest in North America when they commence operations in January. 

“As ships keep getting bigger, SSA and ZPMC continue to help us keep ahead of the industry,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan.  “We’re very excited and grateful for the partnership.”

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