March 23 - The port of Olympia has purchased a previously-owned Gottwald GHMK7608 mobile harbour crane to boost its handling capabilities.

The crane, which can lift 140 tonnes at 11 m outreach, arrived from Antwerp earlier this month onboard Grieg Star's vessel Star Louisiana, and was unloaded by International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 47 before being reassembled by Marine Technical Services. Electrical and engine adjustments are now underway.

"We are already marketing the port for new lines of business that we were not able to pursue before the addition of this crane," said Len Faucher, marine terminal director.

"This crane is a modern cargo handling solution that should help keep Port of Olympia competitive with its market contemporaries. It enables us to enter the heavy lift market and be ready for potential imports and exports."

The Port anticipates paying USD3.2 million for the crane, including disassembly, shipping, reassembly and commissioning and says that this is almost USD2 million less than the cost of a new version of the same model.