Friday Focus: Northwest Alliance Welcomes Mega Cranes


The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has released a video showing four new super-post-Panamax cranes traveling across the Pacific Ocean on their way to the US port of Tacoma.

According to a statement released alongside the video, the cranes were built by Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. LTD (ZPMC) – the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world – and are the second batch of mega-cranes to be delivered to the NWSA after four others arrived in 2018.

The cranes stand at 295 feet at their apex and, with their booms raised to their full height, they will stand 434 feet above the ship’s deck.

For the voyage from China they were welded to the frame of the Zhen Hua 31 ship and arrived on March 5, 2019, at Husky Terminal and are expected to be operational by late spring or early summer 2019.

The NWSA is a dual-partnership between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma aimed at ensuring both ports and the wider US west coast region improves its trading relationship with China.

In February 2019, PTI reported on plans that Seattle was planned to expand its Terminal 5 container terminal as part of US$300 million modernization project which will utilize new technologies to increase volume and cut CO2 emissions. 

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