DP World and Port Saint John have welcomed two new post-Panamax cranes to the container terminal, strengthening the port’s position as an integral part of the Atlantic Gateway.
The arrival of the cranes marks a significant milestone in Port Saint John’s $205 million modernisation project – a three-way partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and Port Saint John.
These additional cranes bring the total to four, the most quay cranes ever at Port Saint John. The cranes arrived from Charleston, South Carolina and are the bigger brothers to the two cranes that arrived in 2016. The Hyundai Heavy Industries Container Cranes have an outreach of 190 feet, can reach up to 21 containers wide and are capable of servicing vessels with a capacity between 10,000 and 14,000 TEUs.
The wider modernisation of the port, due for completion this year, will mean economic benefits for Saint John and the New Brunswick province as a whole, through more career opportunities at the port and in the transportation, logistics and warehousing sectors.
Maksim Mihic, CEO and General Manager DP World (Canada) Inc. said: “We are thrilled to be a part of the long-term, sustainable economic growth of Saint John and the Atlantic region. With connections to 500 ports worldwide, intermodal transportation and three class-one railways, Port Saint John is well positioned for growth for the foreseeable future. The investments being made throughout the trade ecosystem including logistics services will make the port a more competitive gateway for decades to come.”
“We are about to see a change in our skyline,” said Donna Noade Reardon, Mayor, City of Saint John, New Brunswick. “The port modernisation project is an opportunity for Saint John. We are thrilled to have a global partner like DP World investing in Port Saint John and our city. The new cranes will significantly increase shipping capacity, reaffirming Saint John's position on the global stage as a world-class container option. We are always moving forward, and Saint John is open for business.”
“The arrival of these two cranes is symbolic of the growth we can offer not only to port business, but also to our community and our region,” said Craig Bell Estabrooks, President and CEO of Port Saint John.
He added: “Soon we will have more than double the capacity to move product and to create jobs. Partners like DP World open doors for us and our local economy to pursue new opportunities for our industrial parks, our supply chain and manufacturing capacity. With every new milestone we hit, we solidify our position as one of Canada’s top ports and we intensify our standing as an agent for positive change and economic growth for our province.”