FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Dec. 6, 2023) – This week, Port Everglades received three additional Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes as part of the port’s historic $471 million project to expand its deepwater turn-around area for cargo ships. The ship-to-shore container gantry cranes are among the world’s largest low-profile cranes, bringing the Florida port’s total crane count to six Super Post-Panamax, seven Post-Panamax, one Paceco and one mobile harbor crane.
The three 175-foot (53 meters) high Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes, valued at $15.1 million each, can handle containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck and reach 22 containers across the ship's deck. Port Everglades' original seven gantry cranes in the Southport area, where most of the containerized cargo operations takes place, are 151-feet high and limited to containers stacked six high and can reach across 16 containers.
“The port has already seen a massive jump in The World Bank’s Container Port Performance Index 2022 ratings after the installation of the last cranes and completion of additional berth capacity and is now classified as a top 5 port in North America. The additional cranes will serve as a catalyst for even greater port efficiency,” said Port Everglades CEO and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
In the largest expansion project in Port Everglades’ history, the Southport Turning Notch berth area where the new cranes will be located was recently lengthened from about 900 feet to 2,400 feet to accommodate more and larger cargo ships. The new cranes are expected to be fully operational in 60 – 90 days.
Reach & Lift: 22 Containers Wide, 8 Containers High on Deck
Backreach: 35 Feet/10.6 Meters with Boom Fully Extended
Capacity: 65 LT/66 MT (Long Tons = 2,240 pounds)
ABOUT PORT EVERGLADES
A global powerhouse for international trade, Port Everglades handles an average of 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 Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 137 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 near-dock, 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 totaling $3 billion within the next 20 years 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.
Dec. 6, 2023
Public Information Officer, Port Everglades