Four massive container cranes that have dominated the view at Galveston's Pier 10 for decades are being demolished.
One towering boom, among those built in the 1970s, was brought
Owner Richard Perez of Houston says the demolition process is
expected to take 30 days.
Perez, owner of CRP International LLP, bought the cranes nearly two years ago from the Port of Galveston in a $40,000 deal meant to
generate scrap metal. The agreement was for the cranes, used for
handling cargo, to be removed by August 2008.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that falling scrap metal prices delayed the demolition, leading the port to threaten to repossess the cranes and charge storage fees.
Perez blames the weak economy and a decline in scrap metal prices for slowing the removal, which began last week.