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HPH Saudi unit gets new quay cranes

HPH Saudi unit gets new quay cranes
Hutchison Port Holdings' Saudi Arabian container terminal operator International Ports Services (IPS), this week welcomed the arrival of the first remote-controlled quay cranes in Saudi Arabia.

The three new ZPMC ZP-13/2060 quay cranes are capable of lifting 65 metric ton of cargo, have a lift height of 44 metres and can extend out to 60 metres.

They can be operated from the cabin or by remote control from the operations building in the terminal, 1 km from the quayside.

IPS, which operates the Dammam Container Port in King Abdul-Aziz Port in the Eastern Province, has been steadily investing in new infrastructure to keep up with developments in the container shipping industry.

IPS has seen its vessel capacity increase from handling just 5,000 teu ships in 1998 to 11,700 teu in 2014.

The company has invested more than $100m over the last four years in quay cranes, yard cranes and civil works in the yard in order to cater for the new generation of cranes and maintain top performance.

“The new cranes are a quantum leap forward for port services in the Kingdom and confirm our continuing ability to offer shipping lines the fastest service possible in Dammam Port,” said Jay New, ceo of IPS Dammam.

IPS' crane operators have already been sent to the ZPMC training factory in Shanghai and confirm that the cranes are a significant technological leap ahead for port operations.

After the commissioning of the three new cranes and a new container berth, IPS will be ready to handle the new 14,000 teu ultra large container carrier (ULCC) vessels in 2015, reaching yet another milestone for Dammam Port.

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