The COSCO Development cargo container ship is the largest ever to visit the Port of Charleston as such visits are becoming "business as usual" for the port.
The ship's visit “marks a new era in the global container shipping industry,” Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority, said.
The ship docked at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant for two days, requiring two shifts of more than 100 International Longshoremen’s Association workers and some SPA employees to move 2,910 cargo boxes on and off the vessel. Large ship-to-shore cranes designed for big ships were used to transport the containers. By the time the ship left the harbor, it was loaded with 11,406 cargo boxes as it headed to Hong Kong.
Charleston was the last of three port stops for the ship. A number of other Ocean Alliance ships carrying between 11,000 and 13,000 cargo boxes will visit the port this month, connecting the Port of Charleston with Hong Kong and Shanghai and other international destinations, via the expanded Panama Canal.
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