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APL brings four mammoth container cranes to Kaohsiung terminal


APL, the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line, is installing four 90-meter-high gantry cranes that will dramatically increase cargo lifting capacity at its marine terminal here.
Installation of the 1,650-ton cranes, manufactured in China, begins this week.  When it’s completed in July, APL will for the first time in Kaohsiung be able to efficiently handle vessels of 10,000 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units) and greater.
“This is a significant milestone for us,” said Ken Glenn, APL’s North Asia President.  “It demonstrates our commitment to this market and to customers who need reliable service in and out of Taiwan.”
A specialized vessel delivered the four new cranes to Kaohsiung last week.  Today or tomorrow, it will be partially submerged, enabling the mammoth cranes to roll ashore at APL Berths 68 and 69.  After that, installation, testing and certification are expected to take two months.
The new cranes will replace outdated equipment and provide new capabilities that include:
- Lift capacity of up to 75 tons;
- An outreach of 22 rows to span the widest container ships; and
- Twin-lift to handle two 20-foot cargo containers simultaneously.
“We’ll greatly improve productivity thanks to this investment,” said Jeff Theobald, APL’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Network.  “This prepares us for bigger ships and growth in the market.”
The installation will prepare APL for the arrival of its first 10,000-TEU vessels in the next two years.  Large ships provide economies of scale to container carriers.  But they also require landside improvements such as larger cranes. 
“We’re pleased at the investment APL is making in the future of Kaohsiung,” said Hsiao Ding-Hsun, Director General of Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau. “They’ve been our partner for more than 30 years, introduced the first post-Panamax cranes to the port and now they’re making a significant improvement in productivity and terminal through-put.”

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