The new portal cranes are comparable in size to the existing ship-to-shore gantry cranes, but more structurally efficient and robust. They require lower volumes of materials, resulting in lower construction costs per hook. Furthermore, conventional cantilever cranes need additional weight to guarantee their stability. COFASTRANS cranes will be lighter, transferring less loads into the quayside and reducing material requirements. The more efficient design also enables the hooks to be run at lower speeds, reducing energy and maintenance requirements, and extending the crane’s lifespan.
These benefits will be felt throughout the industry. Port operators will be able to handle vessels at a faster rate, increasing their profitability and attractiveness to shipping lines. Ships will spend less time in port, allowing their operators to construct fewer vessels or sail more slowly, reducing costs and carbon emissions. Consumers will gain from faster handling times, and lower associated costs.