Crane Procurement, Crane Modification, and Wharf Expansion, Port Everglades Department of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Port Everglades operates seven 1990s, 46.5-LT capacity low profile STS cranes at their Southport terminal for servicing vessels up to 16 containers across. The port expects to serve vessels up to 22 containers across with up to 8 high on deck in the future and is procuring new 65-LT capacity cranes.

Liftech made studies to determine parameters for the new cranes and identify required upgrades to the landside infrastructure. Liftech provided crane procurement specifications and is providing design review and fabrication review services for the new cranes being fabricated in China.

Liftech was also retained to upgrade the lift capacity of the existing cranes to 65 LT and upgrade the crane structures to comply with current wind design loads. The upgrade will require replacing the existing DC main hoist drive. To simplify maintenance, the main hoist, trolley, boom hoist, and gantry DC drives on the existing cranes will be replaced with new AC drives.

Liftech designed 4,800 feet of new crane girders, about 3,000 feet for the new cranes at Berths 30–32, and an additional 1,800 feet for the existing cranes at Berth 30. The new girders are offset from the existing girders to permit continued operations of the existing cranes during construction, and to suit a larger rail span. The crane girder systems include cable trenches, power vaults, crane stowage locations, rail frogs, and compact crane stops.

Other infrastructure work includes a two-story building to house switchgear for a 13.2 kV power supply.

Port Everglades Department
of Broward County
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA