Two new Neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes for the South Carolina Ports Authority were delivered March 1 on the heavy lift vessel ZhenHua. Pilot 14 and two apprentice pilots moved the vessel from Columbus Street Terminal, under the Ravenel bridge, and on to Wando Welch Terminal. Assisted by Moran Towing.
On May 13, the largest container ship to visit the East Coast stopped at Wando Welch terminal after previous stops in Norfolk, VA and Savannah, GA. The 13,092 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) COSCO Development was piloted in by our R. Weil on the 13th and out by J. Lockwood on the 14th. The SC Ports Authority was expected to move approximately 3,300 containers on and off the Development, setting a new record for crane moves handled by the Port. Click through the gallery below (photos by Elizabeth Hills) and visit photographer David Ray’s gallery here.
Read more about the arrival of the Development in Charleston here.
The Development Approaching Charleston
View from Pilot Boat Fort Ripley
Moran Towing docking pilot embarking vessel
Docking Pilot Climbing the Jacob’s Ladder
Charleston Pilots Executive Director John Cameron, and pilots C. Walters and J. Dukes
Among others, Charleston Pilots’ President Whit Smith discusses the growth of the port. Featured on SCETV public broadcasting network.
By W. Richardson
Recently, the South Carolina Ports Authority exported its two millionth BMW, which was manufactured at the plant in Greer. Plans are underway to deepen the Port, which will expand the Port’s competitiveness and capabilities, as it continues to be a force for growing the economy in our state.
Ever wonder what a transit looks like from the harbor pilot’s perspective on the bridge of a massive containership? Click here to see a time lapse video filmed from the offshore “C” Buoy to the Wando Welch Terminal.