a day prior to the South Carolina Ports Authority's celebration of the
beginning of Charleston Harbor Deepening Project construction, the Port
welcomed two new ship-to-shore cranes at the Wando Welch Terminal to
further enhance the handling of neo-Panamax vessels.
"It is fitting to welcome the arrival of two new cranes as we begin
construction on the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project," said Jim
Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "The cranes are an integral part of the
Port's plans to modernize existing terminals in order to more
efficiently handle big ships. Along with the Wando Terminal wharf
strengthening project, bigger cranes enable the Port to continue to meet
the needs of our customers and deliver the operational reliability and
productivity we are known for in the U.S. port industry."
Produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC)
in China, the new cranes can lift containers 155 feet above the dock.
The Wando Welch Terminal received its first two neo-Panamax cranes in
August 2016, and an additional crane is on order for delivery in August
Arrival of the cranes marks the final stage of a $48.4 million
project to strengthen and upgrade the Wando Terminal wharf and
infrastructure required for handling larger vessels. Upon commissioning
of the new cranes in June, the Wando will return to a three-berth
In addition to the new cranes, SCPA is raising four existing
cranes from 115 feet lift height to 155 feet. By the fall of 2019, the
Wando Terminal's fleet of 13 cranes will include 9 that are neo-Panamax
SCPA currently handles 20 of 27 weekly calls of vessels
too large to transit the Panama Canal prior to its expansion. Beginning
in April, two weekly services will consist of vessels 13,000 TEU or
more. Upon completion of harbor deepening project in 2020, Charleston
will offer wide channels with depth of 52 feet in the Inner Harbor and
54 feet in the Entrance Channel.