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Three Super Post-Panamax cranes, made to handle the largest container vessels in the world, are brought through Elliott Bay and toward Seattle's Terminal 18, Nov. 28, 2011, near Seattle. The cranes, made in Shanghai, China, will allow the Port of Seattle to expand the reach of unloading container ships to the maximum of 24 container widths. The cranes were transported aboard a ship specially outfitted for the transport of large and unusually sized cargo.
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