Monster New Crane Arrives

Along with the new equipment at our port, the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), will develop the extension of a breakwater in the port of Ensenada  up to 55 feet deep, which will allow the latest generations of big ships to off-load at our port.

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By investing in the newest, most advanced equipment, and the recent certification of Ensenada as the first green port in the country, we are now one of the major ports of the Mexican port system.

Almost 50% of the imports in cargo containers, goes to Tijuana, 35% goes to Mexicali and the rest goes to other Mexican states. Very little stays in Ensenada.

This new crane cost us 10 million dollars, weighs about 400,000 tons, and can handle the big ships with up to 14,000 containers in a jiffy. Jiffy means nobody knows exactly how long it will take, at least until our crane operators get up to speed on the new fangled equipment.

 Ensenada International Terminal (EIT) has a capacity of up to 300,000 20 foot containers at a time.

Interesting facts:

There are currently more than 17 million shipping containers in the world, and five or six million of them are currently shipping around the world on vessels, trucks, and trains. In total, they make around 200 million trips a year. It’s estimated that there are 10,000 shipping containers lost at sea every year! Lost? How does that happen? And why don’t they tie them down tighter for crying out loud? Looks like somebody needs remedial training in the Boy Scout knots.