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Four New Gantry Cranes Arrive

SSA Marine gets four massive machines

August 30, 2007

Four new gantry cranes arrived this week at the Port of Long Beach, with the first due for unloading Friday at Pier J. The massive cranes stand 260 feet at their tallest – about the height of a 25-story building – and have arms that reach out 180 feet or across 22 containers.

The cranes, imported from Shanghai, China by SSA Marine, are better able to handle the new generation of cargo ships, which can float about 150 feet above water.

The second crane is scheduled for installation Saturday at Pier J. The other two are destined for Pier A in the inner harbor. They are tentatively scheduled to make the trip to Pier A Monday morning, which will require a temporary closure of the Gerald Desmond Bridge for about two hours in the early morning. Monday is Labor Day and traffic should be light.

The cranes will be used to load and unload container ships. There are more than 70 gantry cranes in operation at the Port.

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