NEW 220-FOOT-TALL CONTAINER CRANES PASS UNDER THE
VINCENT THOMAS BRIDGE WITH ONLY FEET TO SPARE
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — December 14, 2007 — Two new container cranes from Japan were delivered Thursday evening to the Port of Los Angeles and carefully navigated under the Vincent Thomas Bridge on the way to the TraPac terminal. The cranes came within five feet of the bridge's undercarriage but passed under without incident as television helicopters and film crews captured the scene.
This delivery, precisely timed for the lowest tide possible, marks the first arrival of cranes under the bridge since 2002. The cranes were delivered on a barge that was lowered to the water line to allow bridge clearance. Upon arrival at the terminal, the barge was raised up to the dock level. The cranes will be rolled onto the terminal over the course of several days.
Each crane costs approximately $7 million. They are 220 feet at top of A-frame, 285 feet with boom stowed and way more than 300 tons each. They can lift up to 50.8 tons, and their booms extend out 170 feet, capable of working a ship with 19 container rows across. The cranes were built by Paceco-Mitsui of Japan, took 18 months to build and 21 days to travel across the Pacific.
These cranes will help TraPac more than double its container volume over the next 30 years — from about 900,000 TEUs to nearly 2.4 million TEUs, in accordance with the terminal's expansion plans approved earlier this month by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission.
Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port. As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006. The Port of Los Angeles - A cleaner port. A brighter future.