The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) recently received a delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes from China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. to improve the port’s readiness for big ships.
The SCPA’s next steps will be to finish the Wando Welch wharf project as well as deepen the harbor to 52 feet. The Wando Welch Terminal is currently going through a $44 million project to upgrade and strengthen the infrastructure as well as the wharf.
With the cranes, the SCPA will be able to lift cargo to a height of 155 feet off the dock. This allows the port to accommodate bigger container cargo ships at the Wando Welch Terminal.
“The delivery of the new cranes is a milestone for our port,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, said. “They are integral to our future and represent a big step forward in our strategy to remain competitive in today’s big-ship environment. Along with the Wando wharf strengthening project, the cranes will allow us to handle the upsizing of ships following the opening of the Panama Canal expansion in order to continue to meet the needs of our customers and enhance the crane productivity we are known for in the U.S. port industry.”