The ZHEN HUA 25, a heavy lift vessel transporting two new ship-to-shore cranes bound for Philadelphia, will be navigating beneath the spans of the Delaware Memorial Bridge at about 11:55 p.m. March 26.
As a precaution and to eliminate driver distraction, the Delaware Memorial Bridge, northbound and southbound, will be temporarily closed to all traffic for a period of about 30 minutes while the ship travels north to Philadelphia. This temporary closure may take place sometime between 11:45 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. March 26-27. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should plan accordingly.
The distance from the water level to the top of the cranes aboard the ZHEN HUA25 is 188 feet, 3 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 25 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.
A third crane aboard the ZHEN HUA 25 is destined for Wilmington, North Carolina. Once the two new ship-to-shore cranes are off-loaded in Philadelphia, the ZHEN HUA 25 — with the remaining crane aboard the vessel — will make its way south on the Delaware River. Delaware Memorial Bridge traffic will be temporarily interrupted for this passage, which is tentatively scheduled for about 5:15 a.m. April 2. A second motorist alert will be issued when the schedule is finalized.