OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A giant crane soaring more than 30 meters into the air slid under the Golden Gate and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on its way to Oakland Harbor early Thursday.
The freighter Zhen Hua 26 hovered off the coast of Northern California until the weather and tide conditions were just right to allow the crane to travel over the bridges with 3 meters of clearance.
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The green light was given in the morning hours. At 5:55 a.m. she passed under the Golden Gate Bridge. At 6:40 a.m.
it cautiously pushed under the San Francisco / Oakland Bay Bridge at between five and 10 feet.
The freighter remains at anchor in front of the port until Friday around 6:30 a.m.
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Port officials said the new cargo crane, with a lift height of 170 feet above the dock, will take about two months to be fully assembled, tested and commissioned.
The port is currently experiencing a strong recovery from the slowdown in COVID-19. The facility is handling record levels of imported cargo due to the unprecedented increase in consumer demand for goods.
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Officials said the new crane will keep the port competitive by improving its ability to handle larger ships and more cargo.