U.S. Vancouver port to buy second mobile crane
The Washington state Port of Vancouver's governing board Wednesday authorized $2.8 million to purchase a second mobile harbor crane.
The unanimous vote authorized Executive Director Larry Paulson to develop and advertise a request for proposals for the new crane. The new crane is expected to meet specifications similar to the Liebherr mobile crane the port purchased in 2006.
The largest mobile harbor crane in North America, the Liebherr crane has allowed Vancouver to become a major destination for large heavy-lift projects headed for the Pacific Northwest. The crane has become a major workhorse for massive wind turbine components headed to wind farms in the U.S. Northwest. The port handled 305 turbines and 120 tower sections in 2007, compared to 83 turbines in 2005, the year before receiving the new crane.