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Mobile Cranes Arrive at the Ports of Sacramento and Stockton

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy Members and Friends, These cranes are part of the new Marine Highway Container Barge Service (M-580), operating between the ports of Oakland, West
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2012
    Ahoy Members and Friends,
    These cranes are part of the new Marine Highway Container Barge Service (M-580), operating between the ports of Oakland, West Sacramento and Stockton. The service is scheduled to launch later this year. By being able to haul containers, bigger shipments will be able to be moved in and out, and in turn, will hopefully reduce the amount of highway truck traffic.
    We will keep you posted on future developments. For those interested, look forward to port tours this year for council members.
    We have a number of members extremely knowledgeable on Marine Highways. In fact our scheduled speaker at our luncheon gathering at the International Seafarers Center in Oakland Monday, March 19, is Ed Hughlett. He has a presentation about his firm Ports America that should be most interesting. Afterwards we can have a group session for those who can stay to discuss the M-5 and M-580.
    Heave Ho,
    Sacramento Bee News:

    A 100-foot, $5 million crane arrives at Port of West Sacramento Tuesday, January 3, 2012.
    Purchased with federal stimulus dollars, it will enable the port to accept for the first time container cargo. The crane weighed 155 tons and came from Nenzing, Austria. The mobile crane will enable the Port of West Sacramento for the first time to handle container cargo in addition to such items as wind turbines and bulk cargo such as fertilizer.
    Also at the port are two improvements: $1 million to strengthen Berth 6 to accommodate the new crane operation and a new $2 million building to hold containers.       
    FOX40 News

    4:50 p.m. PST, January 3, 2012


    Something big has come to the Port of West Sacramento, really big.

    “This is all part of the renaissance of West Sacramento,” said Port Manager, Mike Luken.

    Though that the renaissance has come in the form of a very modern and massive crane which can lift 125 metric tons or 273,000 lbs.

    It took some time to maneuver and unload the crane from its delivery ship, but once it’s in place, Luken said it will dramatically change the port’s skyline, “People will see a large piece of equipment a hundred feet tall.”

    The machine has a hefty price tag of $5 Million, but Luken said it’ll pay off, “right now you have to rent a crane for every shipment you bring into the port,” he explained, “By having our own crane at the port, shippers are going to see reduced shipping cost.”

    Along with lowering cost Luken said the crane will lift job numbers and keep business where it belongs. “Local shippers can bring their containers here to West Sacramento as opposed to driving them down to the Port of Oakland every day,” he said.

    The crane was made in Austria and traveled over 8,000 miles to the Port of West Sacramento.

    Video: http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-giant-crane-comes-to-west-sac-lift-economy-20120103,0,5400137.story?track=rss


    News 10 Television

    Video: http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=171030

    Stockton Record News

    Stockton Record
    January 08, 2012 12:00 AM

    STOCKTON - At 400 tons and 220 feet tall once fully assembled, the two harbor cranes that arrived at the Port of Stockton last week will be among most massive and, certainly, tallest structures in town.

    And they also provide a huge opportunity to expand local maritime operations, officials said.

    As the first pieces - a massive armature or mast and extension boom - were carefully lowered onto the wharf, Port Director Richard Aschieris said that action might not seem all that dynamic.

    "What is dramatic is what it will lead to," he said Thursday. "Today is the beginning of establishing a whole new kind of business and increasing what we can lift at the Port of Stockton."

    The cranes, costing nearly $5 million apiece, will serve as the centerpiece of a so-called marine highway, employing barges to shuttle marine shipping containers between the Port of Oakland and the inland ports at Stockton and West Sacramento. By supplanting truck transport, it would ease regional highway congestion and air pollution.

    But there's an even greater payoff, Aschieris said.

    "That will open up some tremendous business opportunities for the port beyond the marine highway," Aschieris said.

    The cranes' size and their versatility are keys to those opportunities.

    Each has a maximum lift capacity of 140 tons, compared with the 30-ton capacity of the port's existing gear.

    Also, the harbor cranes can handle many types of cargoes, unlike the container-specialized lifts most commonly installed at U.S. ports, said Mark Tollini, deputy port director for operations.

    "It's very useful for all types of products, here where we do a little bit of everything," he said.

    While the cranes will handle containers for the marine highway, funded largely by a $30 million federal grant spawned by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, they can also handle special project cargo - massive equipment, destined for factories, refineries, power plants and the like.

    Currently, the port must rent outside cranes for especially large lifts, and the additional cost means shippers may go elsewhere to deliver their cargoes.

    And being able to move more than four times the weight of bulk cargo in a single lift, they can move cargo between ship and shore more quickly and at less expense. That's critical in attracting shippers who look to shave costs wherever they can.

    "These are very fast, they are highly efficient and very versatile," Tollini said.

    And that also helps make the marine highway feasible.

    Aside from the benefits to highway congestion and clean air, shippers have to see a clear advantage over continuing to use trucks to pick up and deliver containers at the Port of Oakland.

    "The idea is not only to match it but exceed it," Tollini said. "This is going to be a real plus for us."

    "It's an exciting day," agreed Ron Coale, a Stockton port commissioner and longtime proponent of a container shuttle service.

    At Coale's prompting, the port a decade ago studied the feasibility of using barges or rail to move container cargo between Stockton and Oakland. At that time, the idea didn't quite pencil out.

    But the bottom line today - with congestion extending the travel time between the ports, higher fuel and labor costs and the federal grant helping underwrite infrastructure costs - weighs in the marine highway's favor.

    "This is a culmination of (an idea) a long time coming," Coale said.

    Tollini said it could take another week to 10 days to assemble the cranes. They would then move - they are self-propelled, rolling on rubber tires - to their planned operating location at the east end of Rough and Ready Island's wharf, across the Stockton Deep Water Channel from Louis Park.

    Also, Tollini said, barges for the marine highway must be moved down from Longview, Wash., and outfitted before container service can start, sometime by the end of February.

    The harbor cranes - the first new cranes purchased by the port in its 80-year history and built in Germany by Swiss-based Liebherr Group - are highly computer-automated.

    Onboard diagnostic equipment can be instantly linked to Liebherr engineers through satellite communication, Tollini said. And the cranes can even be programmed to drive themselves.

    Likely, they will always have a human operator. But after individual operators identify themselves, the cranes will record, recall and adjust to each user's personal quirks.



    Port of West Sacramento ... Mike Luken, Port Manager 1110 West Capitol Avenue West Sacramento, CA 95691 (916) 371-8000

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