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On Friday 5 October, Ports of Auckland will take delivery of three giant new container cranes. The cranes, which stand 82.3 metres tall and weigh 2,100 tonnes, will arrive by ship, creating a dramatic sight as they enter the Waitematā Harbour.

“We need bigger, faster cranes so we can keep up with Auckland’s growth. More people in the city means more freight,” says Ports of Auckland spokesperson Matt Ball.  

“The ships that bring our goods from overseas are getting bigger, so we need to make sure we can handle them. With these new cranes, and the new deep water berth they will sit on, we’ll be able to handle the biggest ships coming to New Zealand.” 

The cranes will be moved onto the wharf over the following week and there will then be a five to six month commissioning process before they start operating.


• Height: 82.3 metres (current cranes are 69.2m). For comparison, the HSBC building in downtown Auckland is 81m and the Auckland Harbour Bridge is 64m.

• Weight: 2,100 tonnes (current cranes are 1,200 and 1,300 tonnes)

• Able to lift four containers at once, weighing up to 130 tonnes, a New Zealand first (current cranes can lift two, up to 65 tonnes)

• Able to be remotely operated – a New Zealand first.

• Able to lift containers stacked at different heights (up to 1.2 metres height difference).  A world first.

• Lash platforms, a New Zealand first and an industry-leading safety innovation.

• Can service ships of over 11,000 TEU, future-proofing Auckland’s port against future ship size increases.

• Outreach: 21 containers across (current cranes 16 and 19 across)

• Boom length (waterside to tip): 70m (current cranes 50.7m and 56.9m)

• Built in Shanghai and took three weeks to sail from Shanghai to Auckland

• Enough solar panels to power the average Kiwi home and 100% LED lighting

Glenn Baker

Glenn is a professional writer/editor with 50-plus years’ experience across radio, television and magazine publishing.


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