Welcome to Crane Management
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.
August 4, 2012 marked our tenth (10th) year of operation providing PortMiami and its maritime community with the required services that has greatly improved crane reliability, throughput efficiency, capacity and expert assistance to include project management of gantry cranes’ and cargo 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 showing to start with a bit higher crane usage with very low downtime as compared to last year. However, the rest of the year appears to a very busy time for container traffic in PortMiami.
As Crane Management continually strives for excellence and although we had recent budget reductions, we continue providing the required proactive maintenance, scheduled crane repairs, and upgrading systems. Our staff’s number one goal is to meet the needs of our, PortMiami’s customer by providing the best quality of technical services, support resulting in greater crane efficiency while insuring SAFETY FIRST.
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 below which we include their status in parenthesis;
- Project Management, design & fabrication of new Cranes 13-16 (ZPMC, on-going)
- Strengthening of Gantry Bulkhead, Crane Rail Support beam and tie-downs for new cranes (Odebrecht, on-going)
- Independent Third Party Inspection Services (WCS, on-going)
- Design and fabrication of new 65LT Separating Spreaders (ZPMC, on-going)
- Condition Survey of Cranes 4-12 (CCI to commence on May 6)
- Painting of SPN Cranes 1-2-3 (Completed)
- Relocation of Cranes 4-5-7 to Wharf 6 (Contract signing with Konecranes)
- Crane 7-8-9-10 Boon Hoist Rope Replacement (on hold)
- Install Pole and US Flag on Crane 10 (on hold)
- Cranes 11-12 Clean and Repair Hydraulic Anti-snag System (on hold)
- Corrosion Removal and Warranty Painting Cranes 11-12 (ZPMC, on-going )
- Transportation of SPN Cranes 1-2-3 to Barranquilla, Colombia (BCT, Liftech & GRT, on-going)
- Replacement of Trolley Rails at Hinge area Crane 9 (scheduled for the Fall)
- Corrosion Removal and Repairs of Crane 4-5-6 (claim filed with GC Zarnas)
- Corrosion Removal and Repair of Cranes 7-10 (to be let in late Fall)
- Painting of Cranes 7-10 (to be let in Winter 2014)