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Panama – new cranes for Manzanillo

Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) has taken delivery of four ZPMC super post panamax gantry cranes as part of its ongoing US$ 270 million expansion program.

The four new cranes will increase MIT’s total handling capacity from 2.5 million to 4 million teu. These cranes can handle the largest vessels in service and can be operated by remote control. Each crane has a reach of 25 container rows on deck.

The cranes are expected to be commissioned in October. This will bring MIT’s crane numbers to 11 post panamax and eight super post panamax units. MIT has the second-highest volume of container movements in Panama.

Phase 1 of MIT’s expansion program will be completed by the end of 2015. As well as the four new cranes, this will include an additional 395 meter post panamax berth and new ro-ro dolphins to allow two ro-ro vessels to be handled at the same time. MIT also became the first port in Latin America to install automatic stacking cranes in June 2015.