New Cranes To Be Delivered To Port Of Wilmington March 29th

Two 151' tall  neo-Panamax cranes will be delivered to the Port of Wilmington on March 29th. Portions of the Cape Fear River will be closed to vessel traffic during delivery. The Coast Guard will establish temporary safety zones due to the size of the cranes and vessel delivering them to the Port. See report below for viewing locations along the river. Two 151' tall neo-Panamax cranes will be delivered to the Port of Wilmington on March 29th. Portions of the Cape Fear River will be closed to vessel traffic during delivery. The Coast Guard will establish temporary safety zones due to the size of the cranes and vessel delivering them to the Port. See report below for viewing locations along the river.

New Cranes To Be Delivered To Port Of Wilmington March 29th Featured

By / Local News / الثلاثاء, 27 آذار/مارس 2018 00:07

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - A large ship will deliver two new cranes to the NC Port of Wilmington on March 29th prompting closure of portions of the Cape Fear River for a time.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced in January plans to close the Cape Fear River during delivery of the 151' foot tall cranes to establish a safety zone.

According to the Federal Register ( www.federalregister.gov ), the Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County and New Hanover County, North Carolina. This temporary safety zone is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Cape Fear River while a vessel transports two new Post-Panamax gantry cranes to the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington, North Carolina. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Cape Fear River to protect mariners and vessels from the hazards associated with transporting the assembled gantry cranes. Entry of vessels or persons into this safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina or a designated representative.

On August 22, 2017, the North Carolina State Port Authority notified the Coast Guard that they will be transporting two pre-assembled Post-Panamax gantry cranes up the Cape Fear River to the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington, North Carolina. The planned transit date is April 1, 2018 with alternate dates of March 29th, 30th, 31st, April 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, 2018. The transit path will be from the Cape Fear River Entrance Buoy, north through the Cape Fear River to the turning basin, and ending at the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington, North Carolina. The COTP North Carolina has determined that potential safety hazards associated with transporting the gantry cranes would be a concern for anyone transiting the Cape Fear River.

The cranes were built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). They are taller with longer booms, to accommodate the loading and unloading needs of ultra-Panamax container vessels reaching the United States East Coast.

The two cranes cost approximately $27 million dollars and will allow the Port of Wilmington to simultaneously service two ultra-Panamax vessels.

According to Port officials, "The addition of the neo-Panamax cranes represents a significant infrastructure investment in the Port, its customers and the North Carolina economy. In fact, the Port Authority’s $200 million investment in infrastructure will enable shippers to gain unprecedented access to the U.S. East Coast through the Port of Wilmington."

The NC Port announced several viewing locations during the delivery. Those include Riverlights Marina Village Waterfront Park, located at 109 Pier Master Point, River Road Park, located at 6500 River Road, and Southport Waterfront Park, located at 146-176 E Bay St, offer great views and plenty of onsite parking for those interested in seeing the cranes’ arrival in Wilmington.

For Waterfront Park - cranes will pass between 7:30 & 8:00 am (a food truck will be on site serving breakfast).

For River Road Park & Riverlights Marina - cranes should  pass between 8:30 & 9:00 am.

Other locations include the State access area at the end of Highway 421 south of Kure Beach and the Carolina Beach State Park off Dow Road.

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