has commissioned three new Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes, the largest of
their kind in the world, as part of its infrastructure and equipment upgrade.
Cranes are 53m high and are valued at $13.8 million each
In a statement,
the Port said the cranes are 53m high and are valued at $13.8 million each and
are equipped to handle containers stacked eight high from a ship’s deck and
reach 22 across.
The Port’s existing seven gantry cranes in the Southport
area, where most of the containerized cargo operations occur, are only 151-feet
high and limited to containers stacked six high and can reach 16 across.
Chief Executive and Port Director, Jonathan Daniels, said, “These cranes
symbolize an historic transformation taking place at Port Everglades that is
changing the landscape of our community.
“We are adding new
cargo berths, deepening and widening our waterways, expanding our cargo and
rail capacity all while paying close attention to the needs of our fragile
“What is also
special about this day, is the way that the community has turned out to support
our investments at Port Everglades.
The individuals cutting the ribbon to commission our new cranes
represent a cross-section of our customer base
cutting the ribbon to commission our new cranes represent a cross-section of
our customer base, governmental leaders and the community where we live, work
The new cranes are
part of the largest expansion project in the Port’s history, which includes
lengthening the Southport Turning Notch from 274m to 731.5m to allow for up to
five new cargo berths, which will add approximately 730,000 TEU to the Port’s
the $471 million project is ongoing and expected to be complete by late 2022.
The project is
anticipated to support an estimated 3,045 construction jobs and 5,529 direct,
induced and indirect local/regional, according to a study produced by
nationally recognized maritime research firm Martin Associates.
Port Everglades working to deepen the Port’s navigation channels from
42 feet to 48-50 feet
Port Everglades is
also working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the Port’s
navigation channels from 42 feet to 48-50 feet and to widen narrower sections
of the channel for safer vessel passage.
The Port received a ‘New
Start’ designation in 2020, and anticipates the deepening and widening project
to commence in 2023.