New Orleans receives four new gantry cranes



USA’s Port NOLA has taken delivery of four new Post-Panamax gantry cranes for Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.

Governor John Bel Edwards recently welcomed four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes - the culmination of a more than 15,643-nautical mile journey from Shanghai, China.

The $112 million investment, which included $49 million for the construction and delivery of the cranes, and $63 million to modernize the wharf and extend the crane rail infrastructure, began in 2019 when Port NOLA’s board of commissioners approved the project.

The four new gantry cranes are part of the port’s plan for the gateway, which includes optimizing facilities in New Orleans and building the Louisiana International Terminal, a new container terminal, in St. Bernard Parish.

The Governor said: “This is an exciting example of Louisiana investing in port infrastructure to support the nation’s supply chain of the future. It is a great day for the Port of New Orleans and the outstanding men and women who work on the Lower Mississippi River.

“Containerized cargo has more than doubled over the last decade at the Port of New Orleans and this investment positions Louisiana to grow a major economic engine and job creator.”

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. LTD (ZPMC) manufactured and delivered the cranes to the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal via the M/V Shanghai Zhen Hua 23. The 1,600-ton cranes are fully electric, with zero diesel emissions, and can reach containerized cargo stacked 20 containers across a ship.

The new cranes will complement the terminal’s two existing 100-foot gauge cranes and allow Port NOLA’s three 50-foot-gauge gantry cranes to serve smaller vessels, as well as Port NOLA’s container-on-barge service to Memphis and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Once the new cranes are operational, nine ship-to-shore container cranes will serve the terminal.