The arrival of new
cargo-handling equipment on the site is said to be a huge milestone for SC
Ports’ Leatherman Terminal, which is on schedule to open in March.
With the latest
delivery, all five ship-to-shore cranes have arrived at the Leatherman
Terminal. The new ship-to-shore cranes have 169 feet of lift height above the
wharf deck and an outreach of 228 feet, enabling them to work the biggest
container ships calling on the East Coast
The new RTG cranes are the largest in SC Ports’ fleet
The first four
hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes for the Leatherman Terminal also arrived on
Tuesday 3 Nov. The new RTG cranes are the largest in SC Ports’ fleet, measuring
88 feet tire-to-tire and able to handle containers stacked six high.
“The arrival of
cargo-handling equipment at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal is a big moment for
SC Ports,” Barbara Melvin, SC Ports COO, said.
“These … ship-to-shore-cranes
will work some of the largest container ships on the East Coast when we launch
operations at the Leatherman Terminal in March, while our hybrid rubber-tired
gantry cranes will also ensure efficient operations…”
The cranes were
fabricated by Shanghai-based crane manufacturer ZPMC and then disassembled for
the journey to Charleston.
The first two
ship-to-shore cranes arrived on the heavy lift vessel Zhen Hua 36 last week.
They have since been offloaded from the vessel onto the Leatherman Terminal
additional ship-to-shore cranes and four rubber-tired gantry cranes arrived in
Charleston Sunday morning on the Zhen Hua 24.
The vessel docked
at Columbus Street Terminal for two days so the cranes could be reconfigured to
fit under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge before traveling up the Cooper River
early this morning to the Leatherman Terminal.
ZPMC USA to erect, commission and test the cranes
Once the cranes
are offloaded onto the Leatherman Terminal, the ZPMC USA team will erect,
commission and test the cranes over several months before they become operation
The cranes will
then stand on the new 1,400-foot wharf, ready to load and unload cargo boxes
from containerships when Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal opens in March.
The opening of the Leatherman Terminal is a crucial part of our
Terminal is designed to handle 19,000-TEU vessels, which sets South Carolina up
to handle more cargo and remain globally competitive,” Jim Newsome, SC Ports
President and CEO, said. “We have invested more than $2 billion in our
infrastructure to ensure we have ample capacity and big-ship capabilities to
serve our customers for decades to come. The opening of the Leatherman Terminal
is a crucial part of our infrastructure investments.”
Phase One of the
Leatherman Terminal will have a 1,400-foot wharf, five ship-to-shore cranes, a
47-acre container yard, 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 SC 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.