A nine month project to heighten four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes has begun at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in the Port of Oakland.
The port authority is working in partnership with SSA Marine on the US$14m project to raise the 366-ft cranes by 27 ft.
John Driscoll, the port’s maritime director, said: “Vessels are getting bigger and bigger and we’re providing the infrastructure to keep them coming our way.”
The crane-raising is part of an overall effort to improve Oakland’s competitiveness, which also includes doubling the size of the nearby TraPac marine terminal.
Other projects included the construction of a 287,000 sq ft Cool Port for refrigerated cargo transport and the development of the first 27 acres of a Seaport Logistics Complex.
Technicians began the crane-raising by pulling the first 3m lb unit off its guide rails.
In a 90-minute procedure, it was shuttled to the eastern edge of OICT’s Oakland Estuary dock where the work will take place beginning next month.
Over a period of nine weeks, engineers will brace the crane on supports and cut away its lower legs and affix extensions.
They will return the heightened crane to duty before withdrawing the next one for raising, which is expected to happen in August.