Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Port of Everett Adding Harbor Crane

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Everett says it will add additional lift capacity to its operations in March 2015 with the purchase of a new, 150-ton GHMK 7608 mobile harbor crane.

The port, which is one of the Pacific Northwest’s busier breakbulk handling facilities, says the nearly $5.1 million investment in the new crane is expected to allow it to better accommodate its niche market of overdimensional cargoes, and provide opportunity to compete for new heavylift business.

“We are investing in our infrastructure and cargo handling equipment to continue with our reputation of safe and excellent service, quick and efficient turnaround times and huge lift capacity,” Carl Wollebek, the port’s Chief Operating Officer, said.

The new crane will complement the port’s Gottwald HMK280 crane which, like the new crane, was purchased from equipment supplier Terex Port Solutions. Working in tandem, the port’s two mobile harbor cranes would have a 250MT capacity.

“This will most certainly complement their current Terex Gottwald HMK280 and will give them the capability of providing tandem heavy lift services to their customers,” Terex Regional Sales Manager Alex Garcia said.

In addition to the new equipment, engineering work is underway to build a 140-foot heavylift pad at the port’s South Terminal facility. The heavylift pad, estimated to cost $2.5 million, will allow for both roll-on/roll-off cargo operations and mobile harbor crane operations at the South Terminal.
The infrastructure investment, made possible with the grant support of Washington State, is out to bid and is scheduled to be complete in 2015.