Cranes Lift Brisbane Port Development
The development of Brisbane’s port has taken another major step forward today with the arrival of two mammoth quay cranes for the Hutchison Port Holdings’ new terminal Brisbane Container Terminals (BCT).
Standing up 109 metres high and weighing over 850 tonnes each, the cranes are capable of reaching across ships 18 containers wide.
BCT is on target to start initial operations by the end of the year; marking the entry of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator, into the Australian market. In 2011, HPH handled some 13 per cent of the world’s container traffic.
BCT, Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Gumley, said that the arrival of the cranes was evidence of Hutchison’s commitment to the Australian ports industry.
“HPH is investing more than $250 million in the development of the new container terminal in Brisbane,” Dr Gumley said.
“Apart from the new quay cranes, Brisbane will be the first port in Australia to have automated container stacking cranes, which we believe will provide greater efficiency, security and safety. They will be supported by the award winning terminal operating technology, nGen, which will increase the port’s container handling capacity lift the level of competition and service. This benefits both importers and exporters,” Dr Gumley said.
Unloading the ZPMC cranes is expected to take two days, with another four weeks needed for final assembly and commissioning.