PHOTOS: ‘Left Coast Lifter’ Transits Panama Canal

The "Left Coast Lifter" seen in 2011 during the construction of the new eastern span of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge
The “Left Coast Lifter” seen in 2011 during the construction of the new eastern span of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge

One of the world’s largest floating cranes made its way through the Panama Canal today as part of a journey 6,000 mile journey from San Francisco to its next job in New York.

The giant crane, named “Left Coast Lifter”, is one of the largest floating cranes in the world with a boom length of 328 feet and a 1,900-ton lift capacity.

The crane entered the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side of the canal this morning at about 9:30 a.m. on the first leg of its journey through the canal.

The crane is heading to New York’s Hudson River from San Francisco Bay where it was used in the construction of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Beginning later this year, the crane will be used to lift and install 900 to 1,100 ton modular sections of the new Tappan Zee Bridge just outside New York City.

Since it no longer stationed on the west (left) coast, officials in New York have actually unofficially renamed it the “I Lift NY Super Crane”.

“New York has one of the world’s biggest floating cranes helping to build the state’s most ambitious infrastructure project of the 21st century,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “The I Lift NY super crane can lift the equivalent of up to 12 Statues of Liberty at once, shortening construction time by months and reducing project costs by millions of dollars.”

The crane departed Oakland, California on December 22 with the help of two tugs. The crane is expected to arrive in New York Harbor at the end of the January

The crane is owned Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC.

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Photos courtesy Panama Canal Authority and Flour via www.newnybridgegallery.com.