Ship carrying two new PhilaPort container cranes to arrive Wednesday at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal

Philadelphia, March 26, 2019 — If you live in the Delaware Bay area, you have caught a glance in the distance of a monstrous structure floating in the bay. Suspicions have been flying on social media of what it could possibly be. That monstrous structure will be departing the Bay and trekking up the Delaware River to The Port of Philadelphia soon enough. The structure, a huge ship carrying three super post-Panamax container cranes is scheduled to transit up the Delaware River overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, March 27 to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

The cranes are identical to the two that arrived at the Port last year.

The Delaware River & Bay Pilots are scheduled to board the Zhen Hua 25, a 766-foot-long heavy-lift ship, Tuesday, March 26 at Big Stone Anchorage and begin the journey to South Philadelphia.

» PhilaPort Cranes, the 2nd Set:

» Possible viewpoints along the Delaware River:

» Track the vessel:

» Watch videos of last year’s crane arrival:

ZPMC is the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world and delivers more than 200 cranes every year around the world, including many seaports in the U.S. No container cranes currently are manufactured in the U.S.

The cranes will be installed at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s main container terminal, which is currently undergoing $300 million dollars in terminal improvement projects. With the addition of the new cranes, the terminal will run completely on electricity, removing all diesel emissions.

Upgrades included strengthening and realigning a berth and adding five new super post-Panamax cranes capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships at the same time.

» For more information on the cranes & photos from last year’s arrival:

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PRPA Logo (516)PhilaPort, The Port of Philadelphia, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district.  PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospect port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.