Port of San Diego claims a first with all-electric dual mobile harbor cranes



The Port of San Diego has taken delivery of two new all-electric Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes from Konecranes – the first of their kind in North America.

“These all-electric mobile harbor cranes are a game changer for public health, the environment, and our regional economy,” said chairman Rafael Castellanos, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.

“By replacing our diesel-operated cargo handling equipment with electric equipment, like these cranes, we continue to ensure the air on and around the terminal is cleaner to breathe, we reduce our environmental impacts, and we fulfill our responsibility to support commerce and jobs in our region.”

The cranes will provide the port with the heaviest lift capability of any crane system currently in place on the West Coast – up to 400 metric tons (MT) versus the 100 MT lifting capacity of the port’s diesel crane.

Heavy lift cargoes destined for the region routinely weigh more than 200 MT, including larger pieces of solar, wind, and industrial energy equipment as well as project cargoes.

The port ordered the battery supported electric cranes from Konecranes for approximately $14 million and spent an additional $8.9 million on electrical infrastructure improvements. The cranes are expected to be operational later this year.