Four new giant gantry cranes arrived at APM Terminals at Elizabeth, New York, at the end of April as part of the plan to boost the port’s capacity to handle the largest container ships.
The $200mn improvement plan to be completed this year also includes reinforcing berths which have been dredged to 50ft/15.2m to handle larger ships. Each of the new cranes can reach across 23 containers.
Wim Lagaay, the chief executive of APM Terminals North America, said: “ The completion of the dredging six months ahead of schedule was a result of the Port of New York and New Jersey working with the Federal and State agencies as well as other stakeholders to secure all the necessary permits and contracts in record time.”
Molly Campbell, the authority’s port director, added: “The programme to deepen the channels and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge has ensured that our ports are ready to handle the biggest ships now calling on the East Coast. (