Port of Oakland awaits delivery of new STS crane

Port of Oakland awaits new crane

The Port of Oakland will take delivery of a 170-foot-tall ship-to-shore (STS) crane which will improve cargo operations at the Everport marine terminal, run by Everport Terminal Services (ETS).

In a statement, the Port said it expects to receive the STS crane this week; the upgrade will keep the Port competitive and attract the largest vessels calling at North American gateways, as well as contribute to the growing maritime business in California.

ETS ordered the crane from Shanghai-based ZPMC. The crane is expected to arrive at the Oakland Seaport later this week. 

First, the ZPMC ship carrying the giant crane will anchor out near Pt. Reyes, Marin County, California, beginning this evening, June 21, for a few days. Pt. Reyes is about 30 miles west-northwest of the San Francisco Bay.

The ship’s crew will do some preparatory work so that the ZPMC crane will fit under the iconic Golden Gate and San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridges on the final leg of its journey from China to the Port of Oakland.

The passage of the partially assembled ZPMC crane underneath the bridges is expected to be visually dramatic.

Once the STS crane is delivered to the Everport marine terminal at Oakland, it will take about two months for the crane to be reassembled, tested, and commissioned into service.

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