Port of Oakland to Welcome Cranes

Oakland’s biggest cranes for loading and unloading massive container vessels will soon be assembled at the Port of Oakland, officials said.

The three massive cranes commissioned for $30 million by Stevedoring Services of America for its Oakland International Container Terminal – OICT have traveled all the way from Shanghai-based ZPMC and will replace three older cranes.

“There’s no better demonstration of our maritime partner’s faith in the Port of Oakland, than investing in these huge ship-to-shore cranes,” said Port Maritime Director Bryan Brandes.

With a lift height of 174 feet above the dock, the new cranes would be able to reach 225 feet across a ship’s deck and be over 400 feet above the wharf when the crane booms are raised, according to SSA.

“These cranes will keep the Port of Oakland competitive so that we can continue to attract the largest vessels calling on North America,” said Port Executive Director Danny Wan. “Ultimately, bigger cranes at our waterfront translate into maritime and related jobs for the region.”

By Sarah Spangler