[1 March 2007 – Hong Kong] – On 24 February, Xiamen International Container Terminals (XICT) took delivery of two post-Panamax Quay Cranes (QCs) and six Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGCs).
The new QCs have a tandem-lift capacity of 61 tonnes and stand 42 metres above the rail with an outreach of 63 metres to span 23 rows of containers; similarly the new RTGCs are capable of stacking one-over-five containers. This new delivery of container handling equipment at XICT raises the total number of QCs and RTGCs in operation at the two-berth facility to 10 and 28 respectively.
Commenting on the occasion, Raymond Chan, General Manager of XICT said, “These new cranes represent the very latest in terminal-handling equipment and will enhance XICT’s efficiency in handling the influx of cargo generated by the continued growth in trade between Xiamen, Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as the increasing number of mega-vessels deployed by the shipping lines.”
Chan added, “With seven weekly European and Mediterranean services, XICT will soon be bringing on-stream a new deep-water container berth with a berth length of 443 metres and a depth alongside of 17.5 metres. This new addition will facilitate Xiamen Port in becoming a major gateway for southeast China region.”