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A new crane arrived at the Port of Oakland on Thursday, ready for assembly at the Ben E. Nutter Terminal.
Thanks to the morning’s low tide and the San Francisco Bar Pilots’ guidance, the ship was able to clear both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge successfully before arriving at the Port around 7 a.m.
Because the crane is 300 feet high in its stowage position, it was partially disassembled before arriving at the San Francisco Bay. Capt. Anne McIntyre, business director for the San Francisco Bar Pilots, said maneuvering this ship was especially unique for the pilots, not only because of the crane’s height, but the width, which extended to a 433-foot span. The crew had to strategically time the arrival for safe weather conditions and low tide levels.
“Obviously they wouldn’t bring something like that in in the fog. We have to bring it in where the water level of the tide is low enough that it will clear under the Golden Gate Bridge and then also clear under the Bay Bridge, so there’s a lot of coordination in the exact timing of it moving along,” McIntyre said.
The California Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard also stepped in to ensure a safe arrival. Traffic on the Bay Bridge was temporarily stopped as the giant crane made its way under.
The crane, which was manufactured by Shanghai-based ZPMC, will take about two months to be reassembled and brought to service. It spent a few days last week anchored about 30 miles from the Bay off Point Reyes while workers make necessary adjustments for Thursday’s final delivery.