Neo-Panamax Cranes

Two of our neo-Panamax cranes are fully operational and a third is expected to arrive in Wilmington this spring.

Two of NC Ports’ eagerly anticipated neo-Panamax cranes have arrived at The Port of Wilmington. The third crane departed Asia in January and is scheduled to arrive in April 2019.

Built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), the 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

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