New cranes for Melbourne

New cranes for Melbourne

DP World Australia’s Melbourne terminal, located at West Swanson Dock, saw the arrival of two new ZPMC quay cranes recently.

The cranes, standing over 70 metres high above the deck of vessel Zhen Hua 21, were specially designed to allow passage under the Westgate Bridge.

Weighing 1,200 tonnes each, the cranes can lift 75 tonne – the equivalent weight of a Boeing 737.

DP World Australia’s chief officer operations terminals Max Kruse said: “The new ZPMC cranes are at the leading edge of port equipment and technology, and can service large vessels carrying up to 10,000 containers.

“Each crane is worth $14 million and is a key part of the investment in our Melbourne terminal. The new cranes and our continued investment in our terminals will ensure we can efficiently meet our customer’s future requirements.”

DP World Australia has recently spent AUD $180 million on port equipment nationally, $70 million of which was for the Melbourne Terminal.

By the end of March 2018, Melbourne terminal’s straddle carrier fleet will have received 21 replacement machines, and an additional ZPMC quay crane is due be delivered and commissioned by October 2018.


  • Rated capacity under spreader 65 tonnes and 75 tonne under heavy lift beam.
  • Outreach of 51 metres, with a rail gauge of 25.3 metres.
  • Hoist height above rail is 38 metres.
  • Hoist speed 90 metres/minute loaded and 180 metres/minute unloaded.
  • Cross-travel speed 240 metres/minute.


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