On July 30th, ZPMC, together with Peel Ports Group, UK, held a signing ceremony of port machinery in Shanghai. According to the contract that is worth 100 million pounds or 160 million US dollars, ZPMC will provide 8 quay cranes and 22 automated gantry cranes for Liverpool II automated wharf project, which is affiliated to Peel Group. Song Hailiang, Vice President of China Construction and Communications Company(CCCC), General Manager of Unit of Heavy Equipment Manufacturing and Marine Heavy Equipment, Chairman, President and Party Secretary of ZPMC, and Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group, and other leaders from both parties attended the ceremony.
As the second largest port group in UK with over 70 million tons of annual throughput, Peel Ports Group boasts a long history and rich experience in wharf operation. As the largest wharf in Peel Group, the Liverpool wharf has abundant cargo varieties. This newly-built phrase-2 wharf will be put into use in 2015, and will be the first semi-automated container port in Europe, as well as the largest trans-Atlantic deepwater container port in Britain. At that time, the container throughput in Liverpool will double. Over 50% people in Britain live in the north, namely within 240 kilometers around the center Liverpool, but 90% containers pull into shore in southern ports. As a result, after its accomplishment, Liverpool II port will directly benefit the majority of people living in the north.
At the signing ceremony, Song Hailiang said that ZPMC planned to establish a service center to provide service for Liverpool port, as well as other customers in Britain and other European countries. At the same time, Song hoped that this signing ceremony can be an opportunity for ZPMC to set up a strategic cooperative partnership with Peel Ports Group, and to seek for investment cooperation with each other all over the globe.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group, attended the ceremony and said, “I am very happy to come to Shanghai and sign this important contract with ZPMC. It is of pivotal importance to the transformation of the entire Liverpool port. ZPMC not only provides cranes, but also helps us with a project that can change logistics industry in the whole Britain.”
In the first half of 2014, ZPMC signs new contracts that are worth 2.4 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 15%. This increase covers traditional port machinery business and newly-emerging maritime business. Among this contract amount, newly-signed contracts in port machinery are worth 1.1 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 5%. On the basis of the current tracked orders, ZPMC is expected to achieve orders that are worth 2.8 billion US dollars in port machinery business. In the meantime, the maritime market that ZPMC attaches great importance to also does well: in the first half year of 2014, newly-signed contract amount in maritime projects almost reaches 1.3 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 26%, thus greatly contributing to the increase in the entire performance. Moreover, its product integrated gross margin, which attracts great attention from the outside, also increases substantially. All these should be attributed to its constantly intensified reform and comprehensive construction of an outstanding international company.
Recently, products service center of ZPMC successfully heightened the quay crane of WBCT wharf, USA, thus opening the quay crane heightening market in the USA. It was the first time in the world that a company can heighten the quay crane with steel strand lifting equipment. ZPMC increased the quay crane by 7.93 meters, and lifted 1350 tons for the heightened part, thus making this project the highest in lifting height and the largest in lifting weight.
In recent years, as 3E large container ships are put into use, wharf customers have increasing demands for large-scale quay cranes. For these customers, heightened quay cranes are capable of loading and unloading super-large ships, have obvious economic benefits because companies do not have to buy large quay cranes, and can greatly enhance wharf’s competitiveness.
This project involved 4 quay cranes. At present, ZPMC had successfully heightened two of them. The entire heightening process was safe, stable and orderly with controllable risks, which was acknowledged and praised by wharf customers. After successfully heightening the first quay crane, ZPMC improved operational plans and crafts by changing the former welding bracket into bolted connection and cancelling the internal strengthening of pedestals and beams, which greatly saved construction time. Compared with heightening the first quay crane, heightening the second one saved nearly half of the construction time, thus enhancing operation efficiency and reducing cost.
The success of this project not only improved ZPMC’s reputation in quay crane heightening service, but also helped ZPMC to occupy the first chance of quay crane heightening market in USA.