Seattle-bound cranes pass by Edmonds

Cranes passing by Edmonds on their way to Seattle Sunday morning. (Photo by Julia Wiese)

Standing 316 feet tall with a 240-foot outreach boom, four new cranes destined for Seattle Harbor’s Terminal 5 passed by Edmonds Sunday morning.

Traveling on the vessel Zhen Hua 36, the cranes departed Shanghai on Sunday, May 23. Built by ZPMC (Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.), the cranes will be among the largest on the West Coast and able to handle the biggest container vessels operating in the world, once Terminal 5 is completed early next year.

According to this West Seattle Blog report Sundaythe Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) – the joint Seattle-Tacoma port authority that’s overseeing the Terminal 5 project – says the first “modernized” berth will open at Terminal 5 early next year; the cranes will belong to the berth’s tenant, SSA Marine.

“The voyage of the ZPMC cranes to the Puget Sound marks a major milestone for the completion of Terminal 5 and will provide a major lift toward making our gateway more competitive – bringing more cargo, jobs, and economic opportunity to our region,” said Port of Seattle Commission President and NWSA Co-Chair Fred Felleman.




  1. Julia, thanks for getting great photos (such as this one) of all the marine traffic that passes by our shores and for keeping us informed about them. Loved the one of the beautiful old sailing ship the other day, too!

  2. This is what is killing our country. I guess we have to go to China to get the cranes built to unload the Chinese ships with all the stuff that says made in China.

  3. Thanks, Joe. Pointing out the obvious while Americans try to figure out how to overcome their leaders is a never ending job.

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