Crane Purchase Specifications: Tailor-Made or Off-the-Shelf?

by Arun Bhimani

You are operating a small-to-medium size container terminal and need to purchase one or two new quay cranes. You have one or two older cranes and you maintain them with your in-house staff. These cranes were purchased many years ago in a climate very different from now and you have limited expertise in purchasing new cranes. What do you do? Should you purchase the cranes like you purchased your yard chassis and other equipment from an established supplier or should you venture into the new world of comparison shopping?

This presentation outlines the evolution of the container crane industry, explains the current crane purchase environment and different purchasing strategies, and provides two case studies.