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The Port of Tauranga in New Zealand has purchased a new container crane designed to handle 5,000-TEU to 7,000-TEU boxships.
The Liebherr crane, the port’s fifth, is manufactured in Ireland and is expected to be in operation by July 2009. The new crane will have an outreach of 48 meters, making it capable of handling container ships 18 containers wide. The largest containerships currently plying New Zealand waters are 14 containers wide, the port said.
“Since our MetroPort Auckland operation began in 2000, we have sustained a 10 percent compounding annual growth in our container business. Combined with the inevitable prospect of larger vessels calling New Zealand in the future, we consider the timing is right to invest in providing further capacity for our customers,” said Mark Cairns, Port of Tauranga chief executive.