Welcome to Crane Management
Crane Management welcomes new ZPMC Gantry Cranes 13-16
The ZPMC ship Zhen Hua 13 carrying the four (4) new Super Post-panamax Gantry Cranes 13-16 arrived in port Monday, October 7, 2013 and is now alongside Wharf 3.
Since August 5, 2002, Port of Miami Crane Management, Inc., (PMCM, AKA “Crane Management”) has been responsible for the management and maintenance of the County’s PortMiami gantry cranes and container handling equipment. Our primary goal is to increase crane operational efficiency and reduce downtime by continuously enhancing the maintenance program, establishing new procedures and implementing cost effective maintenance measures.
On August 4, 2012 Crane Management commenced its tenth (10th) year of operation providing PortMiami and its maritime community with the required services that has resulted in greatly improved crane reliability, throughput efficiency, capacity and expert assistance to include project management of gantry cranes’ and cargo handling related work. This was clearly realized by the reduction of overall crane downtime which commenced in 2007 (1.08% FY 2006-2007) and it resulted in an all-time low in 2010 of 0.46%. With emphasis on proactive planning, predictive scheduling, effective maintenance and implementation of refurbishment programs, crane downtime continues to be at its lowest with a 0.60% in 2012.
On July 17, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners approved a new five (5) year contract with Crane Management awarding Crane Management with the capability to providing these critical services to the County, its citizens and the Maritime Industry of South Florida.
Unlike August 2004 and October 2004 which were the busiest crane usage months on record at the PortMiami, fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09 experienced the lowest usage recorded since the late 1990′s. As the downward trend in overall crane usage reached its lowest levels in 2008-09, an upturn was realized by the end of fiscal year 2009-2010 end when crane usage commenced a steady climb which was more pronounced in 2011. In 2012 we started and continue to have lower hours than 2011 but yet higher than 2008, 2009 and 2010. The beginning of 2013 is showed a bit higher crane usage with very low downtime as compared to last year. However, upon commencement of the second quarter in May, a new service started which vessels are the largest to call on Port Miami. These vessels are 17 containers wide and stack as many as 7 containers high its deck. Fortunately, PortMiami is prepared for these vessels with cranes 11 and 12 to soon be augmented by the New Gantry Cranes 13-16. The rest of 2013 appears to continue being busier for container traffic as new services are to call on PortMiami.
Crane Management continually strives for excellence by providing the required proactive preventive maintenance, scheduled crane repairs, project management and upgrading of outdated systems. Our staff’s number one goal is to meet the needs of PortMiami’s customer by providing the best quality management and technical services that resulted in greater crane efficiency while insuring the safety of the employees: SAFETY FIRST. Our emphasis and diligent work in safety has resulted in reducing the workman’s compensation rate by half of that rate we inherent in 2002 inhereited.
Work in Progress
As we commenced 2013 we found ourselves working on numerous major PortMiami projects encompassing all aspects of cargo operations including assisting the Port with its cargo terminal relate projects. Some of these projects have been completed such as the Port’s procurement of the Crane Program Engineering Services which was awarded to Shaw GBB (now CBI), award of contract to procure four (4) new cranes from ZPMC and the Electrification of Cranes 7-10 to work from the on-dock electric power no longer needing the diesel generator system which provides for a cleaner noiseless environment. Currently, commencing with the new 2013 year we find ourselves working on numerous projects which are listed Work in Progress and Projects