Huge cranes arrive at the Port of Tacoma

After a long journey from Shanghai across the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast's largest container cranes arrived at the Port of Tacoma on Feb. 24.

Photo of cranes and Tacoma skylineAfter a long journey from Shanghai across the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast’s largest container cranes arrived at the Port of Tacoma on Feb. 24. Did you see them?

Photo of cranes arriving at the Port of Tacoma
The cranes arrive at the Port of Tacoma. Photo credit: Port of Tacoma.

Excitement built as the 761-foot-long ship carrying the four huge cranes reached Puget Sound. The ship switched pilots and traveled from Port Angeles past Seattle to Tacoma in all kinds of weather. Curious people visited waterfronts throughout Puget Sound to marvel at and take pictures of the gigantic ship and cranes.

As the ship approached Commencement Bay, a snow storm hit the region! With tug boats guiding it, the ship continued bringing the huge cranes into the Port of Tacoma. The new cranes were anchored for a few days and then moved into their new home on Feb. 26. Welcome!  It’s not every day something this big arrives in our region!

Super-post-Panamex cranes

Known as super-post-Panamex cranes, these huge cranes will ultimately unload and load containers on the world’s largest ships. According to the Northwest Seaport Alliance, with their booms up, the cranes are 434 feet tall — taller than any building in Tacoma. Over the weekend, all four cranes raised their booms.

Terminal improvements at the Port of Tacoma

The cranes will be installed at the Port of Tacoma’s Husky Terminal. They are part of the Port’s work to improve the terminal so it can accommodate two large container ships (of 18,000 TEUs each) at the same time. Learn more about the Port of Tacoma’s terminal improvements here.

More Pictures of the Cranes

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For more information:

  • Pier 4 improvements at the Port of Tacoma, including the new cranes — Northwest Seaport Alliance’s webpage.
  • An interactive map of the cranes’ journey from China to Tacoma and pictures of the cranes traveling through Puget Sound — Northwest Seaport Alliance’s story map.
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance’s press release about the cranes’ arrival.
  • News Tribune article, “Huge cranes complete journey from China to Tacoma.”
  • Seattle Times article, “Four skyscraper-like cranes pass through Elliott Bay on a ship headed for Tacoma.”
  • KOMO4 News aerial video of the cranes traveling through Puget Sound.
  • TWA’s Facebook Live video of the cranes arriving at port during the stormy weather. Video taken from Les Davis pier on Ruston Way.

Thank you, again, to the Port of Tacoma and Northwest Seaport Alliance for permission to use their pictures in this blog post. The Port of Tacoma is a TWA member.

— Liz Satterthwaite, TWA Communications. Communications@tacomawaterfront.org

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