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The Life of a Ship to Shore Crane

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

In October 2018 a Ship to Shore crane was dismantled by GRT in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 180ft CMI 6 crane was heavily corroded and after 37 years, three epic moves, travelling 2500 miles and an estimated lifting of over four million containers, it was decided it's long career had come to an end.

GRT not only specialize in Crane Dismantling, it is a worldwide leader in heavy lifting and engineered transport and successfully moved the Ship to Shore crane on every journey of its life! GRT is committed to providing innovative heavy lift transportation and rigging solutions to clients worldwide. Specializing in complex projects that require substantial engineering, planning, project management and logistics expertise. GRT has transported, assembled and/or modified over 250 Container Cranes, Shipyard Cranes and other large structures.

For the CMI 6 crane life began in 1981 in the Port of Savannah, Georgia. It was then sent around 800 miles up the east coast to the Port of Philadelphia, before finally being shipped a whopping 1600 miles to San Juan in Puerto Rico!

Before the cranes toppling it stood at 180 ft tall with the boom down and is unique due to it's 90 ft rail gauge; meaning in all the world it can only fit in these three ports.

GRT have offices in Virginia (US), Vancouver (Canada), San Antonio (Chile) and Panama City (Panama), enabling their capacity to meet the needs of global clients quickly and efficiently.

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