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Port Commission Authorizes New Cranes at Bayport

[ July 26, 2016   //   ]

A $34 million contract for construction of three dockside electric container cranes at the Bayport Container Terminal was awarded to Shanghai Zhenua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) recently by the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.

The cranes, which will be placed on Wharf No. 2, are expected to be delivered to Bayport in about 18 months. When fully operational, the three Super Post-Panamax cranes will increase the number of ship-to-shore cranes operating at the Bayport terminal to 12.

The Port Authority put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to acquire the new cranes earlier this year. Numerous companies expressed interest, with two formal proposals received and opened. Staff members recommended that the Port Commission award the contract to ZPMC, a China-based heavy-duty equipment manufacturing company. The project consists of design, fabrication, delivery and commissioning of the equipment.

The build out of Bayport is being done in phases based on market demand.