Cargo ship with huge crane sails under Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
Emma Goss from KTVU reports.
SAN FRANCISCO – A container ship with a giant crane overcame a tricky maneuver and passed smoothly under San Francisco’s Golden Gate and Bay Bridges en route to Oakland Harbor on Wednesday morning.
The crane made its way from ZPMC in Shanghai and docked in Drake’s Bay near Pt. Reyes for a few days before embarking on the final leg of his journey.
The cargo ship had at least three feet of clearance when it passed under the Golden Gate Bridge just before 6:00 a.m. and at least five feet when it passed under the Bay Bridge at around 6:30 a.m.
The California Highway Patrol made a short roll stop on the bridge in both directions as a safety precaution.
The Zhen Hua 26 docked at the Ben E. Nutter Terminal, which is operated by Everport Terminal Services. Everport Terminal Services purchased the new crane to support its freight operations.
The last leg of the voyage took place just before sunrise to take advantage of the very low ebb tide to help the ship pass under both bridges. The crane was also lowered to a nearly horizontal position.
Once the crane is reassembled, tested, and ready for use in about two months, the crane’s boom, when pointing straight up, will be 90 meters high and able to lift items up to 170 meters above the dock.
This isn’t the first giant crane to come into Oakland Harbor.
Investing in new cranes will help grow the maritime business and jobs, according to the Port of Oakland.