BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA - Broward County’s Port Everglades is progressing with manufacturing the first three new Super Post-Panamax container-handling gantry cranes being built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. Inc. (ZPMC) of China. The design phase is nearing completion, and today Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak issued a second notice to proceed to begin manufacturing the cranes valued at $13.8 million each.
“This is a significant step towards the delivery and installation of the first three Super Post-Panamax cranes later next year,” Cernak said. “Our customers need larger cranes now to be able to handle cargo already arriving on larger ships from South America and Europe.”
ZPMC Chairman Zhu Lianyu and members of ZPMC’s executive team are in Florida to meet the Port’s cargo terminal operators and inspect the progress of improvements to the crane rail infrastructure that is already underway on the Southport docks.
“ZPMC is honored to be a part of this important expansion at Port Everglades. We value the relationship we have built and are committed to the success of this new project. We are confident that this cooperation will enhance our relationship and make both of us more brilliant in the future,” said ZPMC Chairman Zhu.
In addition to the three cranes approved for manufacturing, the Port has options to purchase up to three additional cranes over the next five years.
The new cranes will have the ability to handle containers stacked eight containers high and reach across 22 containers on a ship's deck. Port Everglades' existing seven gantry cranes in the Southport area, where the majority of the Port's containerized cargo handling takes place, are limited to containers stacked six containers high and only reach across 16 containers on a ship’s deck. In addition to purchasing the new cranes, existing cranes will be upgraded to a lift capacity of 65 tons from the current 46.5 tons.
The new cranes are part of the Port’s largest expansion project in its history, which includes lengthening the Southport Turning Notch from 900 feet to 2,400 feet to allow for up to five new cargo berths.
Local property taxes are not used for construction or operations as Port Everglades is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government. The Port generated more than $162 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017) through fees collected from docked ships, cargo handling, real estate leases and other services. The project is anticipated to support an estimated 5,500 permanent jobs regionally when completed and fully operational.
About Port Everglades:
A global powerhouse for international trade, Port Everglades handles more than one million TEUs annually (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 112 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. More information about Broward County’s Port Everglades is available at porteverglades.net or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org.
CUTLINE: Port Everglades officials meet with the ZPMC executive team and several Port terminal operators, including Florida International Terminals, King Ocean and Port Everglades Terminals LLC, at the site where rail infrastructure improvements are underway.
DATE: June 28, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy