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JAXPORT’s new 100-gauge cranes move containers

[ December 13, 2016   //   ]

JAXPORT’s new state-of-the-art 100-gauge cranes have begun operations at the newly rebuilt Berth 35 at JAXPORT’S Blount Island Marine Terminal. The electric cranes are equipped to service the wider, post-Panamax vessels currently calling on JAXPORT through the expanded Panama and Suez canals.
Each of the three cranes can lift up to 65-tons and reach 22 containers across a ship’s deck, significantly broadening the port’s cargo-handling abilities. The cranes were manufactured by ZPMC. JAXPORT invested $37.9 million in the purchase and installation of the three cranes, including a $15 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The port’s long-term strategic plan calls for the purchase of a total of ten 100-gauge cranes for Blount Island in the next 10 years.