SSA Marine brings four giant ZPMC cranes to Seattle
Four Super-Post Panamax Cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC have arrived at SSA Marine at the Seattle Harbor, USA marking a significant milestone in the Terminal 5 Modernisation Project.
After spending several weeks traveling from Shanghai to the Pacific Northwest, the cranes concluded their journey through the Puget Sound to Elliott Bay on Sunday 13 June. SSA Terminals is the owner and future operator of the cranes, which will be among the largest cranes on the West Coast. Standing 316ft tall with a 240ft outreach boom, each crane can lift 100USt of cargo providing increased capacity and job opportunities for the region.
City of Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said, “The maritime industry is part of Seattle’s DNA and home to great workers like ILWU Local 19. The new cranes at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 are key to our economic recovery and will bring a boost to our local economy, speed up shipping for businesses that are reopening, and provide additional family wage jobs to folks who are returning to work. Thank you to the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Seattle, and our legislators for your continued work in moving our economy forward.”
Ed DeNike, president of SSA Terminals said, “We believe The Northwest Seaport Alliance and Terminal 5, have a very strong future ahead. The purchase of these new cranes underscores our commitment to the market and our customers. We know larger ships carrying increased volumes are coming. We want to be out in front of that curve and are preparing our terminal to service our customers’ needs.”
Port of Seattle Commission president and NWSA co-chair, Fred Felleman said, “The arrival of the T-5 cranes into Elliot Bay demonstrates our collaborative commitment to invest in the critical infrastructure needed to secure the future of living wage maritime jobs in Seattle. Reopening T-5 will not only enable us to reduce the truck traffic congestion serving T-18, but with the new cranes able to serve larger vessels, more cargo can be moved on fewer ships. Furthermore, air, noise and climate impacts will be reduced by enabling ships to use shore power rather than running their generators while at berth – benefitting our killer whales and communities alike.”
The new Terminal 5 cranes will begin moving cargo at the beginning of 2022, when phase one of the two-phase construction project is complete. At full completion, Terminal 5 will boast 185 acres of additional capacity and on-dock rail to handle discretionary cargo and shorepower, which are essential to the sustainable growth of the NWSA gateway. Beyond import cargo, Terminal 5 will increase opportunities for exporters from the mid-west and eastern Washington to move their goods to market.