With the Fourth of July weekend in the rearview, upgrades to allow Port of Tacoma to accommodate larger ships is set to continue.
Pile driving will resume July 6 for improvements to Husky Terminal in the Tacoma Tideflats when the annual February-to-July fish migration season closes. The Pier 4 work is part of $250 million in terminal improvements that began in September 2016 on Tacoma’s General Central Peninsula. Upgrades include strengthening and realigning a berth and adding eight new super-post-Panamax cranes capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships at the same time.
The new cranes, to be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck. The reconstructed berth will also include a conduit for future shore power to allow ships to plug into electricity while docked.
Construction and the first four cranes are estimated to be done in 2018. Four additional cranes will arrive in 2019.