Beluga Revolution gives up cargo to gantry cranes

The heavy lift Beluga Revolution was originally expected here on November 28th, but didn’t arrive until Friday, December 12th, 14 days later than originally expected but just in time for a blizzard. In the cargo hold of the ship were two, identical 440 ton Terex cranes, specifically the Terex 2400. Actually, there were 94 components in the hold, 46 for each crane, that were lifted from the ship’s hold. The 2 Port Authority gantry cranes did the heavy lifting to move the crane parts out of the cargo hold and onto waiting trucks. After finishing late Friday night, workers were back early Saturday morning. Blizzards have a way of focusing one’s attention. Longshoremen from Lake Superior Warehousing are home today, but the ship went or will go to CHS in Superior to load wheat. Above, you see one of the pieces just coming out of the cargo hold. It was placed onto the waiting truck that took it to another part of the Port Terminal. The two cranes will eventually be taken, by truck, to an oil sands project in Alberta where they will be assembled. Photo taken on December 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-14-2008
Kenneth Newhams :