Ship carrying giant container cranes docks in Oakland
The three cranes, which were carried by a ship across the Pacific Ocean from China, will be the tallest ever used at the Port of Oakland.
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Purchased from Shanghai-based ZPM for $30 million by the Stevedoring Services of America, which manages the offloading and loading of ships at the port, the cranes will be the tallest ever at the port with a lift height of 174 feet above the dock and a reach across a ship's deck of 225 feet (in standard container terms, that's 14 containers high and 24 containers wide). The cranes will be offloaded via rails directly onto the dock, dashing the hopes of anyone hoping to see one crane lifting another.
The Zhen Hua 35 arrived in San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge just after 8 a.m. PT and then under the Bay Bridge a short time later. Though the cranes traveled across the Pacific Ocean in the raised positions, the booms were lowered just offshore in order to fit under the bridges.
In a statement, SSA Containers President Edward DeNike said bigger cranes are needed at the country's eighth busiest container port to handle giant ships that use the it (in April the MSC Anna was the largest container ship ever to call at Oakland). To make room for the new cranes, three older cranes will be removed.
"Taller cranes are needed for efficiently handling cargo that arrives on ultra-large container ships," DeNike said. "This new infrastructure is a commitment to the port that we will continue our maritime business at Oakland well into the future."