Chinese company ZPMC, world leader in the construction of port heavy-lifting equipment, has just delivered a latest generation gantry crane to the port of Douala, the main port infrastructure of Cameroon, the Douala Port Authority (Port Autonome de Douala – PAD), the public company charged with the management of this port, announced officially.
With this new acquisition financed by Douala International Terminal (DIT), the operating company of the container terminal, the port of Douala now has three gantry cranes. Although acquired by DIT, these equipment which cost the sum of FCfa 5.5 billion are the assets of the port of Douala, according to the concession agreement signed between DIT and the State of Cameroon, we learn.
According to the management of PAD, the arrival of this new gantry crane marks “the strengthening of the port of Douala to the port and maritime challenges for decades to come”. Indeed, we learn, the gantry crane that has just been received in the Cameroonian economic capital is capable of handling full containers, unloading as well as loading, thus doubling productive efficiency.
Furthermore, this equipment is, according to experts in port matters, capable of going to containers that are further up in the ship (15 row against 13 for current gantry cranes), has a lifting capacity of 45 tons against 40 tons for others, and allows more rapid manoeuvring.