SSA Marine, the operator of OICT, purchased these ZPMC cranes which can work containers 24 wide while accommodating up to 14 high on deck.
The new cranes will compliment four existing cranes which were recently raised, providing OICT with a total of ten cranes servicing its five-berth facility.
The investment in the new cranes comes on top of SSA Marine’s recent efforts to convert their 13 OICT Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG’s) yard cranes from strictly diesel powered to employing hybrid technology.
“We are always looking for commercial ways to pursue sustainable approaches to our operations. This conversion of our RTG’s to hybrid is a perfect case in point. Using hybrid technology will allow us to reduce RTG emissions by nearly 90%, said Jim Rice OCIT general manager.
“We believe The Port of Oakland and OICT, have a very strong future ahead. The purchase of these new cranes and upgrading of our hybrid RTG’s underscores our commitment to the market and our customers. We know larger ships carrying increased volumes are coming. We want to be out in front of that curve and are preparing our terminal to service our customers’ needs,” stated Ed DeNike, president of SSA Containers.
Container lines are increasingling deploying some of their largest vessels into the US West Coast on the transpacific trade.
SSA Marine, the world’s largest independent, privately-held marine terminal operator, has activities at more than 250 terminal facilities in the US, Canada, Latin and South America, Asia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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