SHANGHAI Port Machinery Co has won an order for a second container crane from a Vancouver company, after delivering its first well ahead of its February deadline. The two purchases - the Shanghai firm's first crane orders from North America - are expected to bring in almost C$13.5 million (about HK$82 million). Although the second contract has not yet been signed, the order to Shanghai Port Machinery for an October delivery was confirmed by Empire Stevedoring of Vancouver. Vancouver port authorities said the matching crane order confirmed China's emerging competitiveness in the high-technology machinery export market. ''Obviously, with them ordering the new equipment, it shows great confidence in the future,'' Vancouver Port Corp chief executive Captain Norman Stark said. As with the first crane, Captain Stark said the machine had the capacity to lift 60-tonne containers, adding that Vancouver's existing cranes had been pushed to the limit, with capacities of only 45 tonnes each. Details concerning the purchase of the additional crane had not been released. However, a closer relationship is expected between Shanghai and Vancouver companies following Shanghai Port Machinery's purchase of four spreaders (lifting units) from Vancouver-based Earl's Industries, worth nearly C$3.6 million. The Shanghai firm won the first contract because it submitted the lowest of nine bids. The port was obliged under the Ports Canada Act to award the contract to the lowest-price qualified bidder that could incorporate at least 51 per cent Canadian materials into the crane. The order is the first of its kind for the Shanghai group. With about $1 million worth of materials provided by Ontario-based Algoma Steel Co, and a spreader built by Earl's Industries, the Shanghai group hired Dock Express Shipping of the Netherlands to transport the first crane across the northern Pacific in 12 days. This was the first fully-assembled crane to be delivered to the port.