Two New Cranes for SCPA

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.

All photos © Elizabeth Hills

Cosco Development arrival – May 13, 2017

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.

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SCETV Feature: Harbor Deepening

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.