DP World container cranes worth $75 million arrive in Fremantle to cope with import demand

The  cranes at Fremantle Port. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
The cranes at Fremantle Port. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

FIVE of the world’s biggest and most expensive cranes arrived in Fremantle Port this morning as part of an upgrade to Australia’s maritime freight infrastructure.

The container cranes, worth a total of $75 million, arrived at Fremantle Inner Harbour on ship Zhen Hua 24 about 6.10am to spectators who braved the cold to see the spectacle.

Each crane is worth $15 million and stands 50 metres high, weighs 1200 tonnes and can lift 75 tonnes.

Fremantle Port, with the cranes in top left of shot. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

They’ll service the largest vessels in Australia and help cope with the increasing amount of imports coming into the country via containers.

Owned by DP World, the cranes will be shipped around Australia with one unloaded in Fremantle, one in Brisbane, one in Melbourne, and two in Sydney.

A DP World spokesman said the crane would allow Fremantle to service extra-large vessels carrying 10,000 plus containers of goods.

“These new cranes mean every DP World Australia terminal will be able to work more efficiently and with larger vessels, which will boost productivity, benefitting consumers and exporters,” he said.

“The new cranes are part of more than $180 million in infrastructure investment by DPWA across the nation, in the past 12 months.”