Four new Super-Post-Panamax container cranes arrived at Tacoma, Washington, from China in early March, just over a year after the first set of four had arrived.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance ordered the eight cranes from the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co, (ZPMC) through a competitive bid process. The first four arrived in February last year.
The second set of four was loaded onto the heavy lift ship Zhen Hua 31, 37,554gt, and she left Shanghai on Jan 29. The Puget Sound pilots boarded the 771ft long ship on Mar 5 in Port Angeles for the journey to Tacoma. The ship then anchored in Commencement Bay for over a day before delivering the cranes to the Husky Terminal at the north-west end of the Blair Waterway.
The terminal has undergone improvements costing $250mn that included strengthening and realigning a berth and adding the eight cranes which will allow two 18,000 teu container ships to be handled at the same time.