Port authority Launches Name The Cranes Contest For Area Students

Announcement will take place at The Toledo Maritime Academy
803 Water St – Downtown Toledo (adjacent to One Maritime Plaza)

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 31, 2010 - The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has purchased two new Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes for the Port of Toledo and is encouraging area students to name the cranes in anticipation of their arrival in May 2010. The Name The Cranes contest will be held April 1 through April 30, 2010 and area students can submit their name choice via the website www.namethecranes.com <http://www.namethecranes.com/> .

Contest details, grand prize and more information about the cranes and their impact on our region will be provided at the news conference.

While the existing cargo cranes at the Port of Toledo have been sufficient for handling “traditional” bulk and break bulk cargo since the 1950’s, they are aging and will be enhanced by the addition of the new equipment suited for multiple purposes.

The Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes are twice as productive as the current cranes in the seaport and have the ability to move 20-35 containers per hour and up to forty swings per hour for bulk material handling. Mobile harbor cranes of this caliber are utilized at coastal ports but are rare at major ports on the Great Lakes and these cranes will be some of the first in a U.S. Great Lakes Port. The funding for the purchase of the cranes comes from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resources.

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