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Crane barges are a sign of how busy this port is. Most of the big ships that come in never even tie up to shore–there isn’t enough space. So they anchor in the middle of the Bay here and these crane barges come up and tie along side. Sometimes two or three of these will tie up next to each other, and they will offload the cargo from the ships into the barge’s hold or pass them along to smaller Pearl River freighters for trips into China. And of course, sometimes it runs in reverse. The barges and smaller ships actually tie up to the shore, speeding the whole process of unloading a ship that comes through Hong Kong. These cranes are easily 150 feet high, they just look smaller when I’m looking down from 430 feet.]]>

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