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Port of Oakland Begins Project to Raise Height of Four Cranes

Work has begun at the Port of Oakland on a 9-month project to raise the height of four 366-foot tall ship-to-shore cranes by 27 feet. The taller cranes will be better able to reach containers stacked high above deck on neo-post-Panamax ships.

The crane raising is occurring at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in partnership with SSA Marine, the terminal operator. Cost is estimated at about $14 million.

The crane project is part of an overall effort to strengthen Oakland’s competitiveness among West Coast ports.  Other projects underway or expected to begin soon include:

  • Doubling the size of nearby TraPac marine terminal
  • Constructing a 287,000-square foot Cool Port for refrigerated cargo transport
  • Developing the first 27 acres of a Seaport Logistics Complex
Technicians began the work of crane-raising earlier this month, pulling the first 3-million-pound unit off its guide rails. In a 90-minute procedure, it was shuttled to the eastern edge of OICT’s Oakland Estuary dock. That’s where the work will take place beginning next month.

Over a 9-week period, engineers will brace the crane on supports, cut away its lower legs and affix extensions. The heightened crane will be returned to duty before withdrawing the next one for raising, probably in August.

"This is a commitment to the future of shipping in Oakland," said John Driscoll, the port’s maritime director. "Vessels are getting bigger and bigger and we’re providing the infrastructure to keep them coming our way."

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