New cranes arrive at Port of Tacoma

A ship carrying four container cranes arrives on Commencement Bay.
Photo by Harald Hohendorf

Earlier this month, a vessel carrying four large container cranes arrived in Tacoma. The vessel Zhen Hua 28 departed from Shanghai in January. It carried four new super-post-Panamax cranes. They will be installed at Pier 4, located at Husky Terminal. Pier 4 was reconfigured to include an alignment with an adjacent pier to create one contiguous berth capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships. The improvements will support larger container cranes and vessels.

The shipping industry uses 20-foot equivalent units as a common measure of volume. A largo cargo ship can carry 18,000. Panamax refers to the Panama Canal. Prior to widening of the Panama Canal, Panamax was the largest size ship that could make it through. The new cranes will support larger container vessels. They are 295 feet tall. Four other cranes arrived earlier this year. Husky will have a total of eight of the West Coast’s largest cranes.

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