Port's Newest Super Post-Panamax Crane to Pass Under Lions Gate on July 4

    METRO VANCOUVER, BC, June 26 /CNW/ - One of the world's largest Super
Post-Panamax dock-side gantry cranes will arrive at Port Metro Vancouver after
leaving China by ship 3 weeks ago. DP World, the terminal operator for Centerm
container terminal on the south shore of Burrard Inlet, will take delivery of
the crane from supplier Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) of Shanghai.
    "This gantry crane can service the newest and largest container ships in
the world, and it will help us continue to increase capacity, productivity and
efficiency at the Centerm container terminal," said Darcy Clarkson, President,
DP World Vancouver.
    The crane features total lift capacity of 65 tonnes and can lift two
containers at a time.
    "We're very pleased with the ongoing investment and confidence that the
international maritime industry has shown in the Vancouver gateway," said Tom
Winkler, Chief Strategic Development Officer, Port Metro Vancouver.
"Investment in new equipment is critical to meeting the requirements of
growing container volumes and to providing our shipping line customers with
reliability and exceptional service."
    DP World has invested more than $200 million since 2004 to more than
double the handling capacity of Centerm container terminal. These improvements
are key to Port Metro Vancouver's strategy to capture increasing bilateral
trade with Asian economies.
    DP World expects the crane destined for Centerm to arrive in English Bay
early Friday morning. The vessel will wait for low tide prior to passing under
the Lions Gate Bridge on the afternoon of July 4. The crane will be installed
at Centerm over the following week and is expected to join the 5 existing
cranes in service at Centerm by mid-August.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies
each year.

    Estimated Delivery Schedule for Centerm's Super Post-Panamax Container

    June 26: Anchor English Bay around midnight
    July 4: Transit First Narrows/Lions Gate Bridge at low tide,
    between noon and 3pm.

For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Tel: (604) 665-9069,
Cell: (778) 231-6978, anne.mcmullin@portmetrovancouver.com

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