New STS Cranes En Route for East Container Terminal

ZHEN HUA 24 En Route to Sri Lanka Carrying Brand-New Ship-to-Shore Container Cranes for East Container Terminal

In a strategic move to bolster its maritime infrastructure, Sri Lanka Ports Authority is set to receive a significant shipment aboard the ZHEN HUA 24, a Heavy Load Carrier with IMO number 8414726 and MMSI 477044300. The vessel is currently making its way to the Port of Colombo from the China Coast.

This shipment marks a pivotal moment for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, as the ZHEN HUA 24 is transporting three Ship-to-Shore Container Cranes (STS) to the Easter Container Terminal. The STS cranes are part of a broader order that includes 12 STS, 40 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMG), and 30 Straddle Carriers for the East Container Terminal.

Providing key specifications of the STS cranes, Mr. J. A. Chandrarathne, Additional Managing Director ( Technical), stated, “Once the three STS cranes arrive, it will take a few weeks to fix, and hopefully, we shall commission these three brand-new cranes for operation within two months.” The STS cranes boast impressive features such as a Rail Span of 30m, Outreach of 72m (26 across), Back reach of 25m, Lift above the Rail of 55m, Lift below Rail of 18m, Load under the Spreader of 65Ton, and Load under the lifting beam of 75 Ton.

The ARMG, with a Rail Span of 31.7m and lifting height of 18m (1 over 5 containers), comes with a Load under the Spreader of 40Ton. Additionally, the Straddle Carriers, with a Width of 5m, lifting height of 6.3m (1 over 1 container), and a Spreader featuring twin lift capabilities, can handle a load under the spreader of 60Ton.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority is gearing up for the arrival of the ZHEN HUA 24 and the subsequent commissioning of the STS cranes. It is planned to shift the existing 03 STS cranes to their original location, JCT – V, in April 2024.


Featured image: ZHEN HUA 24, a Heavy Load Carrier with the IMO number 8414726 and MMSI 477044300, is currently en route to Colombo. The vessel is carrying three STS. [Photo: Sri Lanka Ports Authority]

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