The Georgia Ports Authority unveiled the new cranes Friday. Standing 80 feet tall and spanning six truck lanes, they look the same as their diesel-powered counterparts used to load and unload cargo containers from trucks. The big difference is the new cranes run on electricity delivered along a 500-foot rail. When the cranes have to move to a new loading area, they switch to diesel.
The cranes were built by Finnish company Konecranes (KOE-nuh-cranes), which says Savannah is the first North American port to use them.
Four are in use now. Port officials hope to buy more than 100 in the next decade.