While Latitude drivers were out delivering the January issue, a unique cargo ship was making a unique delivery to the Port of Oakland. We got up early to see the sunrise arrival after the ship had spent a few days anchored in Drake’s Bay to lower the cranes so they could ‘limbo’ under the Golden Gate.
Three of the largest cranes in the US have a new home in the Port of Oakland. Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) invested $30 million in the three giant cranes for its marine terminal at Oakland International Container Terminal.
The monster cranes will be a boon to the Oakland area. Taller cranes can more easily handle cargo coming in on ultra-large container ships. Danny Wan, Port of Oakland executive director, noted, “Ultimately, bigger cranes at our waterfront translate into maritime and related jobs for the region.”
An early-morning wake-up netted some amazing views of the cranes as they made their way through the Golden Gate early this morning aboard the Zhen Hua 35. The towering pieces had to be folded in order to fit under the bridge.
When the cranes are finally installed at the port, they will soar more than 400 feet above the wharf. SSA currently operates 10 cranes at the Oakland International Container Terminal. Three older cranes will be removed from the terminal when the new ones arrive.
The early-morning photoshoot was inspired by Michael Rossi of the Cheoy Lee 40 LunaSea, currently berthed in Marina Riviera Nayarit. We also saw Abner Kingman out there shooting from his RIB, so he’ll likely have some great shots on his website soon. It’s not every day you see a ship with this kind of cargo arriving in the Bay, and fortunately the fog lifted and the sun was shining so we could capture some photos. Once the cranes are installed, Oakland Estuary sailors will be sailing beneath these booms high overhead.