Crane Procurement, Life Extension, & Impact of Panama Canal Widening

by Erik Soderberg and Catherine Morris.

Presented by Erik Soderberg at the TOC Americas 2011 Conference in Panama.

This presentation addresses three topics. 1) Container crane procurement—a summary of best practices is presented, including detailed technical specifications, design review, fabrication review, seafastening review, offload plan review, and commissioning review. 2) Extending existing crane life—how can the life of existing cranes be extended by maintaining the reliability of the crane, and through practical modifications? 3) The New Panama Canal—we discuss examples of practical crane modifications to service the larger vessels.