How much bigger can container ships get?
New crane will help Halifax accommodate massive container ships
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Where did this crane originate? Well, of course."The existing [cranes] I believe can span across 22 containers on a vessel, and this new one, when it's up and running, will be able to span across 24," said Port of Halifax spokesperson, Lane Farguson.
The shipping industry is building larger ships and Halifax is the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can handle the ultra-class vessels.
"These are the largest container vessels that are calling on the East Coast of North America and there's only a few ports that have the necessary infrastructure to berth and serve those vessels, and Halifax is one of them," Farguson explained.
"We're a naturally deep port and we have the big cranes on the terminals that can reach up and across."
"The crane itself was built in China, loaded onto this specifically-designed vessel to transport it across the world and there were other cranes on board as well," Farguson said. "They will be delivered to the ports that ordered them."