The three largest ship-to-shore container cranes on the U.S. West Coast now reside at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT).
SSA Marine, the operator of OICT, purchased these cranes from the world’s leading crane manufacturer, ZPMC. The cranes can work containers 24 wide while accommodating up to 14 high on deck. The new cranes will compliment four existing cranes which were recently raised, providing OICT a full arsenal of cranes capable of serving the largest container ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. These three new cranes will replace three older generation cranes as OICT will have ten cranes servicing its five-berth facility.
The investment in the new cranes comes on top of SSA Marine’s recent efforts to convert their 13 OICT Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG’s) yard cranes from strictly diesel powered to employing hybrid technology. “We are always looking for commercial ways to pursue sustainable approaches to our operations. This conversion of our RTG’s to hybrid is a perfect case in point. Using hybrid technology will allow us to reduce RTG emissions by nearly 90%.” Informed Jim Rice OCIT General Manager.
“We believe The Port of Oakland and OICT, have a very strong future ahead. The purchase of these new cranes and upgrading of our hybrid RTG’s underscores our commitment to the market and our customers. We know larger ships carrying increased volumes are coming. We want to be out in front of that curve and are preparing our terminal to service our customers’ needs,” stated Ed DeNike, President of SSA Containers.