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14-story ship's cargo closes Bay Bridge (VIDEO)

Thursday - 6/21/2012, 1:47pm  ET

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The vessel Zhen Hua 13, carrying four giant shipping cranes for delivery and installation at the Port of Baltimore, passes under the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The cranes, which are the largest of their kind in the shipping industry, weigh about 1,550 metric tons each and can lift over 187,000 pounds of cargo. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Crane transport closes Bay Bridge

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports.

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Amy Freedman, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The Maryland Transportation Authority planned to hold traffic on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge, better known as the Bay Bridge, at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, for about 40 minutes.

Marine vessel Zhen Hua 13 carrying four, 14-story cranes passed beneath the bridge, which MDTA closed because of concerns that curiosity would distract drivers.

Track the ship's progress at this link. Select only "Yachts & Others" and "Ships Underway" in the column at left, then zoom in on the Chesapeake Bay to find the Zhen Hua 13 represented by a magenta arrow.

The cranes are the largest of their kind in the maritime industry and will be delivered to the Port of Baltimore as part of a new 50-foot container berth at the Seagirt Marine terminal.

Traffic will also be held on the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore around 3:15 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes.

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