THE Port of Charleston has handled its largest containership to date, the 10,700-TEU APL Yangshan. The ship is deployed on the weekly China East Coast "CEC" service via the Suez Canal.
"The deployment of new panamax vessels to the east coast trade marks a new era," said president of the South Carolina Ports Authority, Jim Newsome, in a statement. "Today 16 of Charleston's 26 weekly calls are handled by vessels 5,000 TEU or larger, and we expect to handle our first 14,000 TEU vessel call later this year."
The mega ship's milestone visit comes on the heels of the arrival of two new cranes last month, boosting vessel handling capabilities at SCPA's Wando Welch Terminal. The cranes, which offer 155 feet of lift height from the dock, are expected to be operational by December.
By December 2017, two additional cranes of this height will be delivered to the Wando Terminal in conjunction with the completion of a US$44 million project to modernize and strengthen the terminal wharf.
Source : HKSG.