South Carolina Ports opens first container terminal in US since 2009
SOUTH Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has opened the first container terminal in US since 2009 with the docking of Hapag Lloyd's 3,237-TEU Yorktown Express
13 April 2021 - 19:00
Operations launched March 30 at the Hugh K Leatherman Terminal with the arrival of the first container, followed by the first ship arrival, announced SC Ports.
'The Hugh K Leatherman Terminal is an investment in the future of South Carolina that will spur economic development, create jobs, and further our state's position as an international business destination for years to come,' said state Governor Henry McMaster.
'This project is a momentous achievement which highlights the strengths of Team South Carolina. I congratulate the South Carolina Ports Authority and everyone who has worked towards achieving this historic day,' he said.
The Leatherman Terminal, which has been 20 years in the making, is a generational milestone for SC Ports and for South Carolina. The terminal, can handle 20,000 plus TEU ships. Phase One adds 700,000 TEU of throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston.
SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said that the opening of the terminal comes at a time when US ports continue to handle unprecedented cargo volumes amid strong consumer demand.
SC Ports had an all-time cargo record in March, with a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in loaded imports. 'We have invested in the right infrastructure at the right time to handle growing cargo volumes and bigger ships, ensuring SC Ports remains a top 10 US container port,' Mr Newsome said.
Its 1,400-foot berth has five electric ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach stand on the berth, are among the tallest on the east coast.
The Leatherman Terminal's 47-acre container yard has 25 hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes and eight empty container handlers to efficiently move cargo boxes around the terminal. The rubber-tyred gantry cranes are designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption.
A six-acre refrigerated cargo area has six-story tall reefer racks, enabling SC Ports to handle more fresh, and frozen goods.
At full buildout, the US$2 billion Leatherman Terminal will have three berths and 286 acres, adding 2.4 million TEU of annual throughput capacity, doubling current capacity.
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