ABB has received contracts worth more than $65m to supply automation and electrical systems for 74 shipping cranes to be built at ports in Asia.

The cranes will be built by China's Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company, the world’s largest crane manufacturer, for delivery in 2008 and 2009. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2007.

ABB will supply full crane automation and support systems, including controllers and software, low-voltage alternating-current (AC) motors and drives, electrical transformers and switchgear. It will also carry out project management, engineering, customer training and commissioning.

The new projects include 20 unmanned, rail-mounted gantry cranes for the Taipei Port Container Terminal Corporation in Taiwan, plus 42 similar units and 12 double-hoist, ship-to-shore cranes for Hanjin Shipping at Busan New Port in South Korea.

Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery makes cranes and large steel structures including bulk-material ship loaders and unloaders, and large steel bridge structures.