Managing members of The Northwest Seaport Alliance today decided to order four more container cranes for Tacoma’s Husky Terminal for $52 million.

The new commitment adds to four other new cranes already on order, which are expected to arrive next year. The additional lifting machines will come to Commencement Bay from their manufacturer in China in 2019.

“These improvements will help us serve our customers better and continue to create the trade-related jobs so vital to our state,” says Dick Marzano, a Tacoma port commissioner who is also co-chair of the Alliance with Port of Seattle.

Construction is underway at Husky Terminal to rebuild Pier 4 to align it with Pier 3, creating a contiguous 2,960-foot berth. This will allow two 18,000-TEU ships to dock at the same time.

NW Seaport Alliance managing members also approved additional construction at Tacoma’s West Hylebos Log Yard and a new building at Pierce County Terminal in the Port.