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Boeing’s bigger big boxes

The Port of Everett begins handling oversized containers for the new Boeing 777x

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Boeing’s bigger big boxes

Pictured are the first oversized containers carrying parts for the new Boeing 777X wide body aircraft being offloaded at the Port of Everett in Washington State. "Instead of offloading at Pacific Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, the 777X parts were offloaded at Pier 1 using a mobile harbour crane rated to handle the heavier, larger aerospace containers now arriving in Everett,” the port said in a statement.

Barge handling at the Mount Baker terminal
Barge handling at the Mount Baker terminal

The new Boeing 777x boxes are too large to be handled with a reachstacker, and are unloaded to roll trailers at Everett. When needed the parts are barged to Everett’s Mount Baker Terminal, a dedicated facility for handling the oversized containers, where they are offloaded under an RMG that spans over the barge. Final transport to the Boeing Plant is by rail, performed by BNSF.

 

Everett is currently spending US$36M upgrading its South Terminal to Boeing’s requirements in respect of the new 777X widebody aircraft, including a new 100ft gauge crane rail.

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