With the expansion of the Panama Canal almost complete, ports in the eastern United States are bracing for additional port traffic and increased cargo volumes. The Canal’s expansion will allow passage of ships with up 14,000 TEUs, almost three times the current 5,000 TEU capacity. The Port of Virginia, the only U.S. east coast port with congressional authorization for 55-foot depth channels, have taken delivery of five new Hyster H450HD-EC empty container handlers, fulfilling the need for additional high-capacity equipment to handle increasing port volume.
Brett Schemerhorn, President of Big Trucks for Hyster said, “The completion of the Panama Canal expansion and the new high-capacity Post-Panamax vessels are going to shift maritime traffic across vital international lanes. We understand the potential direct impact this will have on U.S. ports and the necessary modernization and expansion required to accommodate these new economies of scale.”
Gregory Poole Lift Systems, the local Hyster dealer, worked closely with port authorities to understand their long-term operational goals and secured a 10-year contract to fulfill the Port’s empty container handler requirements. “This long term agreement with Gregory Poole and Hyster, which has been a reliable mainstay in the Port of Virginia, is representative of our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and sustainability,” said Bill Pierangelino, Vice President, Terminal Support and Engineering, Virginia International Terminals.