Structures / Modern Container Crane
- Matson Navigation Company
- Pacific Coast Engineering Company
- Michael Jordan
- C. Dean Ramsden
Contracted by Matson Navigation, PACECO built the first modern day container crane used to transport containers from ship to shore at a cost of $350,000. Its boom could reach over 6 rows of containers and reduced the ship turnaround time from 3 weeks to 18 hours. Container cranes today throughout the world are all based on this initial innovative design.
The first modern container crane was a 118-foot high steel structure with a boom length of 107 feet constructed at Encinal Terminal in Alameda, California in 1959.
- Oakland has unofficially adopted the cranes as apart of the city’s identity. From 3D-printed earrings, to specialty designed T-shirts, the cranes have become a focal point for local artists.