Extreme Crane Upgrades

by Derrick Lind and Jonathan Hsieh.

Published in Port Technology International, Fifty Third Edition, Spring 2012.

The Panama Canal is being expanded. Jumbo-23 vessels are being constructed. This means larger ship-to-shore cranes will be needed at many terminals. When a crane owner considers his options, he may be concerned that upgrading will not be feasible. However, extreme upgrades are often feasible. This article presents a recent crane upgrade study that included major modifications.