FACT SHEET: JAXPORT’s New 100-Gauge Container Cranes

Aug 18, 2016 | Press Releases
  • Each of the three, new 100-gauge cranes can lift up to 65-tons and reach across 22 containers stored on a ship’s deck. 
  • Once fully installed on the dock, the new cranes will stand 220 feet tall.
  • 100-gauge cranes have 100 feet of distance between the legs and the rails on which the cranes maneuver.
  • The new cranes are operated by electricity, rather than diesel fuel.
  • The cranes will be operational later this year. 
  • Berth 35 at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal underwent a multifaceted rehabilitation project, including construction of a high-voltage electrical system, to accommodate the cranes. 
  • JAXPORT invested $37.6 million in the purchase and installation of the three cranes
  • The Florida Department of Transportation assisted with a $15 million grant.
  • Construction on the cranes began in April 2015 and concluded in June 2016.
  • Cranes were transported aboard the Zhen Hua 14 from Shanghai, China. 
  • The cranes’ 17,000 mile journey from China to Jacksonville took approximately 2.5 months.
  • Blount Island currently operates seven smaller container cranes. The new cranes significantly increase the terminal’s cargo handling capabilities.
  • JAXPORT’s Dames Point Marine Terminal, home to the TraPac Container Terminal operates six 100-gauge container cranes (two 50-ton, four 40-ton). 
  • JAXPORT’s long-term strategic plan calls for the purchase of a total of ten new 100-gauge cranes.
  • Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (ZPMC)  built, delivered and will install the cranes.
  • Shaw GVB, a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge and Infrastructure, provided engineering services before and during construction.