Monday, June 21, 2021

SA Marine, NWSA Welcome Super Cranes

After traveling for weeks from Shanghai, four ZPMC Super-Post Panamax cranes arrived at the Seattle Harbor earlier this month.

The 316-foot-tall cranes that were delivered to owner SA Marine and the Northwest Seaport Alliance are a major part of the Terminal 5 Modernization Project and feature a 240-foot outreach boom and the capability to lift 100 tons of cargo.

“Farmers, manufacturers, and other exporters from Washington state to the Midwest depend on the ports of Seattle and Tacoma to quickly move their products to buyers in Asia and beyond,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). “Expanding capacity at Seattle’s Terminal 5 to handle the largest, newest cargo ships is critical to keeping our ports competitive in the global economy.”

The new cranes are expected to be operational at the start of 2022 after the completion of the project’s first phase.

When both phases are done, Terminal 5 will feature 185 acres of added space, on-dock rail to move discretionary cargo, and shore power.

“Our investment in Terminal 5 ensures that our gateway remains competitive for the next 30 years and beyond,” said Port of Tacoma Commission President and Northwest Seaport Alliance Co-Chair Dick Marzano. “By adding additional deep-water terminal space, we can serve the largest vessels in the industry and increase cargo volumes that benefit our local, state, and regional economy.”