Cabinet Approves Purchase of Four Gantry Cranes


Cabinet has approved the purchase of four ship-to-shore gantry cranes by the Port Authority of Jamaica for the Kingston Container Terminal.
The cranes will be supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company Limited and will be financed through the China Ex-Im Bank at a cost of US$20.9 million.
Making the announcement at yesterday’s (April 19) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman said the equipment would replace five old cranes, which have completed their useful lives of approximately 25 years, and improve productivity from 17 moves per hour to 35-40 moves per hour.
The Minister noted that the procurement of the cranes was important for the Port of Kingston to maintain its leading position in the region and for the Port Authority to continue to provide efficient service at competitive costs, in addition to supplying additional capacity to accommodate new lines or to facilitate increased activities by existing lines when required.

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