Crane Delivery: Shanghai to New York

It was an impressive sight, those four giant ship-to-shore cranes appearing on the Horizon.

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On April 20th, the Heavy Load Carrier 'Zhen Hua 20' arrived in New York. She had departed Shanghai on February 15th -- that's 66 days at sea -- traveling at an average speed of just 8 knots. 

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The four cranes on deck were built by ZPMC in China for the Maersk Terminal at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey.

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Many modern heavy load carriers are constructed with the wheelhouse forward of the cargo area for unobstructed views. On this ship, a box houses the the look-out on the bow.

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A clearview screen ensures a good view in any weather. This rotary wiper is installed in the window and houses an electric motor mounted in the center, which spins a glass disk inside the circular metal frame at high speed. Rain, sleet, and sea spray get dispersed immediately upon contact by centrifugal force.

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Anchor was dropped in Gravesend Bay to reconfigure the total height in order to transit under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Bayonne Bridge.

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With the booms lowered the total height was 213 feet. Three Moran tugboats assisted as she sailed through the Narrows into New York Harbor.

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The iconic Manhattan skyline always makes for a nice backdrop!

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One World Trade Center is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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Stability calculations had to be exact in order to extend the booms this far from her port side.

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The recently raised Bayonne Bridge was transited at low tide, allowing some extra room to pass underneath. 

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Tight quarters, but she made it!