March 11, 2019
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Giant cranes make their way along Tacoma waterfront

A huge ship arrived in Tacoma last week, carrying four enormous cranes that will enhance the shipping capabilities of the Northwest Seaport Alliance. The four cranes dwarfed the 771-foot-long heavy-lift ship on which they arrived. The Northwest Seaport Alliance has more.

Photographers delighted in the unusual sight, and took hundreds of pictures that the Port of Tacoma collected into an interactive online map.

The four super-post-Panamax cranes are identical to four that arrived in the Pacific Northwest last year. The cranes, among the largest on the West Coast, will be installed at Husky Terminal at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway in Tacoma. The terminal underwent $250 million in improvements on Tacoma's General Central Peninsula.

The new cranes are capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships at the same time. The new cranes have an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, including the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, is the fourth largest container gateway between Asia and major distribution points in the Midwest and East Coast.

The Port of Tacoma just celebrated its 100th birthday and supports more than 29,000 industrial and manufacturing jobs in the region. South Sound Business has more on the port's centennial.

(Photo via The News Tribune)

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