HBJ Staff, September 25, 2014, Herald Business Journal
The Port of Everett is adding a new 150-ton mobile harbor crane to help with break-bulk cargo, which is too big or too heavy to fit in a container.
The $5.1 million crane will be added in March. The ports in Seattle and Tacoma focus mainly on standardized containers while Everett has pursued break-bulk cargo.
“We are investing in our infrastructure and cargo handling equipment to continue with our reputation of safe and excellent service, quick and efficient turnaround times and huge lift capacity,” said Carl Wollebek, the Port of Everett’s chief operating officer, in a news release. “With the addition of the (150-ton crane) and the authorized investments to upgrade our current mobile harbor crane, we will continue to be the preferred port of call for the construction and energy industries.”
Working in tandem, the Port’s two mobile harbor cranes will have a 250 million ton capacity. The Port Commission also authorized the purchase of three new, 45-ton Hyster Reachstackers.
Current cargo handling equipment, in addition to the mobile harbor crane, includes two, 40-ton gantry cranes, a 50-ton rail mounted gantry crane, a rail car pusher, three reachstackers and numerous forklifts and other yard equipment.
The Port is also constructing a 140-foot heavylift pad at its South Terminal facility.
This heavylift pad is estimated to cost $2.5 million. The Port is paying for this with a grant from Washington state and it’s expected to be complete by 2015.