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4 new container cranes arrive at Baltimore’s port

September 10, 2021 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four enormous container cranes have arrived in their new home in Baltimore after a two-month trip from China.

The cranes, which are some of the tallest in the world, squeezed under the Chesapeake Bay and Key Bridges on their way to the Port of Baltimore, stopping traffic on the spans on Thursday morning, news outlets reported.

Each crane is about 450 feet (137 meters) tall, about 25 feet (8 meters) taller than the current cranes, port officials said.

With the cranes hanging off each side of the ship, they were about 176 feet (54 meters) tall, leaving just about 10 feet (3 meters) of clearance under the bridges, according to the state and Coast Guard.

The new cranes will help double the port’s container capacity once the Howard Street Tunnel is expanded to allow freight trains to carry containers stacked two-high. Ports America Chesapeake, which runs the Seagirt Marine Terminal under a lease with the state, purchased the massive cranes, which will allow longshoremen to unload two even larger and wider container ships at once.

The 1,740-ton cranes can reach 23 containers across a container ship and each can lift 187,500 pounds of cargo at once.