The ZHEN HUA 16, a heavy lift vessel transporting new ship-to-shore cranes bound for Philadelphia, will be navigating beneath the spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge at about 1 a.m. March 24, requiring its closure to all traffic for 30 minutes between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m.
Traffic delays are expected, and motorists should plan accordingly.
The distance from the water level to the top of the cranes aboard the ZHEN HUA 16 is 188 feet, 5 inches. Due to tide levels and the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s measured clearances, the vessel must travel under the spans during the period of low tide.
Both spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will reopen to traffic once the ZHEN HUA 16 clears the structures. Produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. in China, the two new super-post-Panamax cranes are destined for PhilaPort’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.