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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports


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The move is part of a set of actions taken by the Biden administration to improve maritime security.

The use of sensors on cranes has raised concern that China could capture information about U.S. shipments.

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The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced software to ease reliance on those built by China.

While comparably inexpensive, cranes manufactured by China’s ZPMC contain sophisticated sensors that can register and track the origin and destination of containers, leading to concerns they could be used to track military and other shipments.

They account for nearly 80% of ship-to-shore cranes in use at U.S. ports.

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