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Giant cranes delivered to Conley Terminal; will allow larger ships to dock there

Giant cranes in Boston

How do you unload a crane larger than the cranes you have?

A Chinese ship docked at the Conley Terminal in South Boston this morning carrying three big cranes that will let larger cargo ships dock at the terminal in South Boston once they're installed and operating later this year. Andrew Morrison captured the ship from the new Homewood Suites on Summer Street.

The cranes are part of an $850-million project to expand the capacity of the terminal - a project that has also included several years of dredging in Boston Harbor to carve out a deeper channel for "Panamax" ships - the largest that can currently traverse the Panama Canal.

The cranes came aboard the Zhen Hua 15 after a two-month voyage from Shanghai.

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I just read an article about how dredging for larger ships causes the tides to shift. They had to have dredged to allow those big ships in.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-tide-is-high-and-getting-higher/

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Larger ships means increased amounts of cargo shipments will also lead to more Massport jobs

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Lotsa trucks.

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I know this great shortcut, it’s called Storrow Drive, fastest way out of town.

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FAA already has signed off on these plans. These cranes (and the container ships) will be right under the approaches for the 4s at Logan and the existing cranes already feel uncomfortably close when landing.

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And Massport moved the spot where it originally planned to put the new cranes so they wouldn't be under the flight path into Logan.

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How did that ship possibly stay upright during waves and swells on its trip here from Shanghai?

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These big freighters have ballast tanks to adjust buoyancy and center of gravity. It may look unwieldy, but really no more so than a freighter with 10 levels of stacked containers. In each case, the ballast prevents tipping.

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Would be my assumption.

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I believe it’s semi-submersible, so they use water tanks below the waterline as ballast.

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Do they need an even bigger crane to unload those? Where will it end???

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And then when the winter rolls around, they all freeze to death. Source.

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The main thing I learned from watching that video is that to accomplish such a huge task it’s essential to have lots of people standing around doing nothing at all times.

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... he said, posting at 2:30 on a workday.

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where if things go wrong, you need people ready and able to help, but if things go right, they dont need to do anything.

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I saw these on the horizon this morning one the run. It was really surreal. At a distance they kinda looked like a massive galleon.

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two very large guillotines and one not-so-large guillotine.

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Cool! Boston is now a leader in StarGate technology!

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creating three huge erections on the waterfront.

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there’s a deed restriction forbidding housing to be built on the old Edison plant. The beautiful people who will be buying luxury condos will be the same bitching about noise coming from the active port right behind their homes.

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Which is not inline with the runways, but even closer to the Edison development.

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Pretty good, though the photo needs to be taken from a misty distance, like one of the airport runways.
I suggest an update of the George Takei version.

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