Two new ship-to-shore cranes for SC Ports

SC Ports received two new ship-to-shore cranes yesterday, marking the first cargo-handling equipment to arrive for the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, which is under construction in North Charleston, S.C.

When the terminal opens in March, it will be outfitted with some of the tallest cranes on the East Coast.

The cranes will have 169 feet of lift height above the wharf deck and an outreach of 228 feet.

Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal will have a 1,400-foot wharf, five ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height above the wharf deck, and 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes.

Phase One will add 700,000 TEUs of annual throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston.

At full build-out, the three-berth terminal will double S.C. Ports’ current capacity by adding 2.4 million TEUs of throughput capacity.

The $1 billion Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal complements efforts to modernize Wando Welch Terminal and deepen Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.

These investments will enable SC Ports to handle four 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously in 2021.

Photo: SCPA/Walter Lagarenne

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