Neo-Panamax Cranes

Neo-Panamax Cranes will be fully operational in

The cranes have landed.

The eagerly anticipated neo-Panamax cranes have arrived at The Port of Wilmington.

Built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), the two new cranes are taller, have longer booms, and accommodate the loading and unloading needs of ultra-Panamax container vessels reaching the United States East Coast. The cranes’ arrival allows the Port of Wilmington to simultaneously service two ultra-Panamax vessels, creating new opportunities for both Port customers and the community at large. Small wonder that the cranes are big news.

Computer generated graphic of cranes over container ship

Opportunity on the Horizon

The addition of the neo-Panamax cranes represents a significant infrastructure investment in the Port, its customers and the North Carolina economy. In fact, the Port Authority’s $200 million investment in infrastructure will enable shippers to gain unprecedented access to the U.S. East Coast through the Port of Wilmington.

Post-Panamax Cranes
Weight1,380 tons
Price$33.2 million (4)
Lifting Capacity65-ton spreader bar
75-ton hook beam
Outreach
165 feet or 18 containers
Containers above deck7 containers
Rail Gauge100 feet
Height120 feet
Width between legs90 feet
Length (boom extended)430 feet
Neo-Panamax Cranes
Weight1,553 tons
Price$33.8 million (3)
Lifting Capacity65-ton spreader bar
75-ton hook beam
Outreach
203 feet or 22 containers
Containers above deck10 containers
Rail Gauge100 feet
Height151 feet
Width between legs90 feet
Length (boom extended)465 feet

Snap a great picture of the cranes in transit or arriving? Share it with the hashtag #CountDownToCranes


 

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Great gantry crane

Its been one week since NC Ports new neo-Panamax cranes arrived at the Port of Wilmington. As of yesterday both cranes have been offloaded and now the installation process begins. Heres a look back at the cranes historic transit to Wilmington. #countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress 

Dont forget, we want to see your photos of the cranes. Be sure to share them on social media using #countdowntocranes!

 

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Any idea when the ship will leave the port?

Great pictures love looking at these, thanks Bruce Graham 👍👍👍

Tristan Fields

#countdowntocranes
NC Ports new neo-Panamax cranes are HOME! Heres a quick look back at their historic transit! NC Ports wants to extend a huge thank you to all of our partners who worked tirelessly for months to ensure a safe transit to the Port of Wilmington. We also want to thank the community members who spent their morning witnessing NC Ports history! Please be sure to share your photos using the hashtag #countdowntocranes We cant wait to see your amazing photos!

#countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress

 

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how do they come off the ship?

Its the final countdown! Were less than 24 hours away from the arrival of NC Ports new neo-Panamax cranes! They will make their historic transit tomorrow morning! Dont forget, you can watch the transit at Southport Waterfront Park, River Road Park or Riverlights Marina.

Waterfront Park - cranes to pass between 7:30 & 8:00 am (a food truck will be serving breakfast, so feel free to arrive early)

River Road Park and Riverlights Marina - cranes to pass between 8:30 & 9:00 am.

Be sure to share ALL your photographs on social media using the hashtag #countdowntocranes

#countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress

 

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Renee Rossini Stephen Rossini

We are seeing a lot of great photos of NC Ports new neo-Panamax cranes just off the coast of Bald Head Island. Here is a great photo of the cranes captured by Kendrick Schwarz. If you snap any photos of the cranes at sea or during their transit to the Port of Wilmington on Thursday be sure to post them on social media using the hashtag #countdowntocranes

Dont forget, you can watch the transit to the Port of Wilmington at Southport Waterfront Park, River Road Park, or Riverlights Marina.

Waterfront Park - cranes to pass between 7:30 & 8:00 am (a food truck will be on site serving breakfast)

River Road Park & Riverlights Marina - cranes to pass between 8:30 & 9:00 am

For more information on the cranes just check out our website: http://ncports.com/about-the-ports/neo-panamax-cranes/

#countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress

 

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Regarding the #countdowntocranes, is the ship still visible from Oak Island? What time this morning will it begin to head towards Southport? We'd like to watch it from the beach!

Ingrid Larsen here is a close up shot.

Yep sometimes we eat at a restaurant in SPt. Called Oliver’s and these ships come right by there!

AWESOME!!!!!

You guys should check this out Kevin Donovan Jennie Jones Donovan

Great shot!

Cool!

Ellen Cochran This is what I was talking about

Kendrick Schwarz

Jill Scharver-Kelley

Steve Minton

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NC Ports employees are learning more about the neo-Panamax cranes arrival on Thursday at the Countdown to Cranes Lunch and Learn! Dont forget you can also be a part of of this milestone moment! Head to one of the viewing areas at Waterfront Park, River Road Park or Riverlights Marina. For more information just head to our website: http://ncports.com/about-the-ports/neo-panamax-cranes/

#countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress
Were only one week away from the arrival of NC Ports new neo-Panamax cranes! You can watch the historic transit on March 29th to the Port of Wilmington at one of the designated viewing locations - Southport Waterfront Park and River Road Park and Riverlights Marina in Wilmington. Head to our website for more information about the viewing areas: http://ncports.com/about-the-ports/neo-panamax-cranes/ 

PS: if you plan to watch the cranes at Waterfront Park in Southport we will have a food truck on site serving breakfast! So, feel free to get there early!

#countdowntocranes #ncports #portofwilmington #portofprogress

 

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Did someone say breakfast?

The cranes appear to be near the river now. Are they holding until Thursday to come to the port?

They are sitting about 6 miles off the coast. They look like sky scrapers out in the ocean

AWESOME

Hannah Kay Wilson

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Does anybody know what day they’re coming through Southport or did I miss it already

What is/are the name of the ship(s) transporting the cranes? Id like to track them on the Marine Tracker app. Thanks in advance! Cape Fear Caller

Linda Rife Thompson

Gene N Shelley Tomlinson

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