4:42 PM: The ship carrying new cranes for West Seattle’s Terminal 5 is still a few hours out, according to MarineTraffic.com, which shows it just past Port Townsend. That’s 36 nautical miles from West Seattle, and the ship Zhen Hua 27 is currently traveling about 12 knots, so it’s not likely to be here before 7:30 pm. We’ll continue to update here until it arrives.
5:42 PM: An hour later, it’s still sailing at 12 knots, now off the south end of Whidbey Island.
6:42 PM: Off Shoreline, same speed.
7:33 PM: In Elliott Bay now, but little lighting, so not much to see.
7:55 PM: Phone pic as it rounded Duwamish Head:
The cranes are for the south berth at Terminal 5. We’ll be following up on when regular cargo calls are expected to begin.
ADDED 9:59 AM SATURDAY: Thanks to everyone who’s sent morning views! This one’s from Troy Adams:
This one was texted by David: