The achievement coincided with a signing ceremony for the purchase of two new remote-controlled super post-Panamax quay cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), a leading Chinese heavy-duty equipment manufacturer. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Eng. Said Hamdoon Saif Al Harthy, Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Oman.
The new cranes have an outreach of 24 rows and are capable of handling the largest vessels currently in operation. Following their delivery, Hutchison Ports Sohar will have a total of six remote-controlled super post-Panamax quay cranes and seven manually operated cranes for a total of 13 ship-to-shore cranes.
In the same order, Hutchison Ports Sohar acquire eight new automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes, which will be operated remotely from a centralized operations centre. This will further enhance the safety and efficiency of operations. All cranes will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019.
"Upon delivery of these cranes, the capacity of Terminal C will rise to 1.8 million TEU per year,” said Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar, at the ceremony. “I’m confident that these investments will add further weight to Hutchison Ports Sohar’s standing among the world’s leading ports. Additional investments over the coming years will further contribute to the growth of the shipping industry in the region and in the Sultanate of Oman."
Hutchison Ports Sohar’s record of operational excellence is already well-established. In early November, the terminal won an award for operational excellence at the Transport & Logistics Middle East Awards.