The Left Coast Lifter remains, well, on the Left Coast.
Some people (okay, me) were hoping the giant custom-made barge crane would be on its way to New York by now because the Left Coast Lifter is perhaps the most impressive piece of equipment we’re going to see used to build the two spans of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The LCL’s hulking frame is going to strike one heck of an impressive pose on the Hudson River.
But the red, white and blue crane is still at the Oakland Outer Harbor, near the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that it helped build.
Special thanks go to David Hindin, of Sunnyvale, Calif., who reached out to me and provided this picture his buddy, Jordan Hayes, took last Wednesday.
Hindin has been following the LCL since its came to the Bay Area in 2009.
One of the largest floating cranes in the world, the LCL jointly owned by Fluor Corp. and American Bridge Company, who of the primary companies that make up Tappan Zee Constructors, which is designing and building the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee replacement.
“It’s a unique vessel,” Hindin says. “It arrived in a unique way and it did a unique job when it was here.”
The 400-foot-long LCL is a beast among beasts. It weighs nearly 4,000 tons and its shear-leg crane can lift more than 1,750 metric tons, or 12 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty. The crane measures 328 feet long and will be used to install giant deck panels on the new TZ.
Hindin, who is 70, grew up in Monmouth County, N.J., and used to drive over the Tappan Zee when he would visit home from his job in New England in the late 1960s and early 70s. He moved to California in 1975.
He’s also friends with Will Van Dorp, who runs Tugster, a blog that covers New York Harbor. Hindin contributes and comments on the blog.
TZ project officials don’t expect the LCL to arrive in New York until the end of this year or early next year. When it does, it’ll come through the Panama Canal. Hindin expects that it’ll be transported by ship because towing it will take too long.
Hindin isn’t exactly crushed the lifter will be moving on.
“We’re practical people,” he says. “It had a job to do, it did it, and now it’s needed somewhere else.”
First photo: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Second photo: Jordan Hayes
Third photo: John Huseby, Caltrans
Fourth photo: Bill Hall, Caltrans
Last photo: Joe Blum