DP World Sokhna, the Red Sea commercial gateway to Egypt’s capital Cairo, has received two new STS (ship-to-shore) gantry cranes in a further boost to productivity at the container facility operated by global marine terminal operator DP World.
The two cranes, manufactured by ZPMC of China, were brought to port by the vessel Zhen-Hua 18 and safely off-loaded in a meticulously planned exercise executed by DP World Sokhna management and engineers.
The Super Post Panamax quay cranes with a capacity of 65 tonnes each and a reach of 24 rows of containers will join the two existing gantry cranes to increase productivity and efficiency at the port, which connects Cairo to the Europe-Asia sea trade route passing through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea.
Doubling the number of giant gantry cranes DP World Sokhna operates will enable the facility to serve some of the largest vessels afloat today, allowing importers and exporters to make the most of the resulting economies of scale.
DP World Sokhna continues to invest in Sokhna to serve its customers better and support the growth of the local economy in Egypt. In March, 11 new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes were received and installed at DP World Sokhna, which has already brought a new level of energy to economic activity in this part of Egypt. It has two berths and a quayside depth of 17 metres.
DP World Sokhna constantly works to improve operational efficiencies and deliver value through an integrated terminal management approach, supported by leading-edge technology.
Sokhna is the closest port to Cairo, with its 18 million consumers only 120km away, and is linked by a modern six-lane highway and extensive rail links. Most of the cargo from the east destined for Egypt is imported via Sokhna. As well as attracting vessels coming from Europe with cargo for Egypt, there is existing trade for empty containers being repositioned for the East.
Dredging Today Staff, July 10, 2012