JAXPORT moving massive ship to shore cranes to new terminal

JAXPORT has re-positioned two of its large shipping cranes, and that meant a trip down the St. Johns River and under the Dames Point Bridge.

The cranes were located at the Blount Island Marine Terminal, but will now serve Crowley Maritime in the Talleyrand Marine Terminal. JAXPORT says the cranes will serve Crowley’s new liquefied natural gas powered vessels.

JAXPORT says repositioning the cranes will maximize their use and give the biggest return for the community.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the cranes went under the Dames Point Bridge around 4:50PM Sunday. The Florida Highway Patrol and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office performed a rolling block to vehicle traffic around that time.

JAXPORT says ZPMC Crane Services, the Coast Guard, and McAllister Towing were involved in the operation.

The movement of these cranes comes after JAXPORT received several “super large” cranes, which started operations at Blount Island late last year in order to allow JAXPORT to service wider vessels. They plan to have ten of those cranes overall within the decade.