FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s new port cranes on the way

(June 2021 photo by David Hutchinson)

5:06 PM: Two and a half years after those four cranes arrived for the first berth to open at West Seattle’s modernized Terminal 5, two more are about to arrive for the second berth. Construction is finishing up on the south berth; the Northwest Seaport Alliance had previously said the cranes were expected to arrive in October, but we’re now into mid-November, so we followed up today to check on the status. They’re on the way from ZPMC in China, according to NWSA spokesperson Melanie Stambaugh, and expected to arrive sometime next week. She says we’ll have a few days advance alert about their arrival. The south berth is being leased by SSA Terminals, exercising its option to lease it in addition to the north berth, where it started accepting cargo almost two years ago.

ADDED EARLY TUESDAY: If you want to track the ship, commenter Drew identified Zhen Hua 27 as the ZPMC ship headed this way.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle's new port cranes on the way"

  • Drew November 13, 2023 (10:32 pm)

    Im guessing Zhen Hua 27 is the ship. Presently northbound off California, likely on a very roundabout voyage from Shanghai to avoid weather. 

    • WSB November 13, 2023 (11:58 pm)

      Good catch. says it’s headed for Seattle
      I tried looking for any and all Zhen Hua’s via MT before publishing this (since that’s what all their crane-toting ships are named, plus a number) but at least at the time couldn’t find any likely candidate. ETA Saturday, says MT.

  • Danimal November 13, 2023 (11:45 pm)

    Shame we couldn’t have purchased these from United States manufacturers, assuming there are any.

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