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Everett's Port Commission Awarded a Contract for the Relocation of Two-Gantry Cranes to Pacific Terminal

Post Date:06/13/2006

Everett, Wash. - Everett's Port Commission authorized a contract with the Spokane-based Dix Corporation for $311,202 to relocate and re-commission both of the Port's 40-ton container cranes from the South Terminal storage yard to Pacific Terminal Wharf.

This endorsement is the last in a series of approvals to place the gantry cranes into operation, which is needed to better handle the increased cargo volumes the Port's shipping terminals have experienced in recent years. The Port of Everett is currently the only container port in the state that doesn't have container cranes in operation.

"By placing these cranes into operation, we are going to re-establish our competitive edge in the shipping industry," Port Commissioner Phil Bannan said. "Since these cranes can handle nearly twice the amount of cargo as the current equipment, this will allow the Port to attract more business."

Efforts are underway to install the needed crane rail beams on Pacific Terminal to support the two container cranes. Once this work is complete, the cranes will be relocated over land to Pacific Terminal. Port staff expects the wharf upgrade to be complete by the end of August, concurrent with the crane start-up.

The cranes, which were obtained from the Port of Seattle in 2003 at nearly no cost, have been serviced, painted and upgraded in preparation for relocation. The cranes can't currently be used at South Terminal because the wharf isn't strong enough to accommodate the cranes without major structural upgrades to the wharf.

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