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Catherine Soper
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Port selects low profile, environmentally-friendly crane for Rail/Barge Transfer Facility

Post Date:08/11/2005

Following through with its commitment to the environment and requests from the community, the Port of Everett will purchase an environmentally friendly rail-mounted gantry crane for its new Rail/Barge Transfer Facility.

During the crane selection process, the Port looked at a mobile boom crane, a traditional container gantry crane and a straddle crane for the facility. The Port opted to go with the electric straddle crane, because it is designed to minimize view impacts, reduce air emissions and noise.

"Despite the higher cost, we feel that an electric crane is the right choice for the facility, the environment and the community," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett.

The rail-mounted gantry crane, expected to cost approximately $3.5 million, will be purchased in 2006 before the project is completed. The gantry crane will be used to transfer cargo containers from a barge to train cars on-dock. Since the crane is rail-mounted, instead of rubber-tired, it allows the crane to be electrically powered rather than diesel powered. The crane will be used for daily operations when the Rail/Barge facility is up and running in summer of 2006.

Port Commission President Jim Shaffer said he is pleased with the decision to purchase an electrically powered crane. "This is a decision the Port and its staff can be proud of, and it will enhance the overall quality of the Rail/Barge Facility."

The Port's decision to purchase an electric crane instead of the standard diesel-powered crane is part of the Port of Everett's commitment to reduce air emissions in Puget Sound ports. The Port of Everett, along with several other ports in the region, are partnering with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to help reduce air emissions at ports.

For more information on the crane, or on the Rail/Barge Transfer Facility project, please contact Lisa Mandt, Community Relations Representative for the Port of Everett, at (425) 388-0617 or by e-mail.

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