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Huge cranes complete journey from China to Tacoma

Massive cranes arrive by super ship in Commencement Bay, 2018

The largest container cranes on the West Coast were transported on the Hong Kong-based Zhen Hua 28, a super post-Panamax vessel, from Port Angeles to Tacoma's Commencement Bay in 2018. Four huge cranes were welded to its frame.
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The largest container cranes on the West Coast were transported on the Hong Kong-based Zhen Hua 28, a super post-Panamax vessel, from Port Angeles to Tacoma's Commencement Bay in 2018. Four huge cranes were welded to its frame.

They’ve arrived.

Four huge cranes bound for the Port of Tacoma cruised into Commencement Bay on Friday afternoon.

The cranes, built in China, are 434 feet high with their booms extended. They crossed the Pacific aboard a re-purposed tanker called the Zhen Hua 28.

The cranes will be part of a reconfigured Pier 4, which eventually will hold eight of the behemoths and give the Port of Tacoma the ability to handle so-called post-Panamex vessels, among the largest container-carrying ships in the world.

Don’t worry if you missed the Zhen Hua’s entry into Commencement Bay on Friday. The next four cranes are expected to arrive some time next year.

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