Final ship-to-shore cranes arrive at SC Ports as new terminal nears completion

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SC Ports received three new ship-to-shore cranes and four hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston.

The arrival of new cargo-handling equipment on the site on 3 November is a huge milestone for SC Ports’ Leatherman Terminal, which is on schedule to open in March according to a company announcement.

All five ship-to-shore cranes have now arrived at the Leatherman Terminal. The new ship-to-shore cranes have 169ft of lift height above the wharf deck and an outreach of 228ft, enabling them to work the biggest container ships calling on the East Coast.

The first four hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes for the Leatherman Terminal have also arrived. 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,” SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin said.

“These state-of-the-art 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 for our customers.”

The first two ship-to-shore cranes arrived on the Zhen Hua 36 last week; they have since been offloaded from the vessel onto the Leatherman Terminal wharf.

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