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Wilmington welcomed its

first-ever 12,000-TEU vessel, while Welch says the capex spend will mean Wilmington can handle two 14,000-TEU ships simultaneously. In addition to the three cranes,

costing $33.8 million, the Port of Morehead City in early August took delivery of a new Liebherr LPS 420 gantry crane. “The crane is rail-mounted, which is great for working

breakbulk cargo at the terminal,” Welch says. “It allows rail cars and trucks to pass underneath with

ease. Additionally, the

crane can ‘walk’ under load with cargo on the hook for optimal placement on the berth, vessel, barge or over-the-road means of conveyance.” In

addition, she says,

Wilmington will “break ground soon on a new truck gate complex that will feature a special gate for over-


The Virginia International Gateway at the Port of Virginia has been undergoing a three-year, $320 million expansion with its recently opened on-dock rail yard and 20,000 feet of new track and four cantilever RMGs. (Photo by Karen E. Thuermer)

dimensional shipments that will provide access directly to the main road system.”

SC Ports

The Port of Charleston is going deep, perhaps deeper than any other port on the U.S. Eastern seaboard, outside of Port of Virginia, which will dredge its inner harbor commercial channels and Chesapeake Bay channel 55 feet and 56 feet, respectively. The South Carolina Ports

Authority’s (SCPA) dredging sees completion in 2021, three years before Virginia’s $350 million Deeper, Wider, Safer initiative, according to published reports. SCPA President and CEO Jim

Newsome says, “The resulting 52-foot depth, combined with widened harbor channels and turning basin, will allow two 14,000-TEU-and-above ships to easily pass one another without tidal restrictions.” SCPA’s $1.6 billion

infrastructure improvements, from fiscal years 2016 to 2021, include upgrades to the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant and building the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston. By 2020, the SCPA says, the

terminal along the Wando River will feature 15 ship-to-shore cranes towering 155 over three berths. The SCPA’s $60 million purchase of four post-Panamax cranes, expected to arrive in 2020, will bring to 15 the total number of cranes capable of unloading 14,000-TEU vessels, the Journal of Commerce reported in December. The Leatherman terminal

on the Cooper River is adding five 169-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes and 25 hybrid rubber- tired gantry cranes. With the full buildout set for 2032, the 286- acre terminal could handle 2.4 million TEUs, SCPA says. “These infrastructure

improvement projects will enable larger ships to access SCPA terminals, as well ensure the fast, cost-effective movement of goods on and off ships and trucks,” Newsome says.

SCPA reported its best

monthly container volumes on record in August. S C P A handled 233,110 TEUs at the Wando Welch and North C h a r le sto n c o n tain er

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GPA ports draw $5B investment

The Georgia Ports Authority plans

to double capacity at

Garden City Terminal to 11 million TEUs per year. In FY 2019, port-related industries announced $5 billion in new investment and 12,000 new jobs coming to Georgia. That year the Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5 million TEUs. In the fiscal year that ended

in June, GPA achieved record volumes in containers, total tonnage and cargo moved by rail. At 4.5 million TEUs, the Port of Savannah grew its containerized trade by 7.3%, or 305,000 TEUs. Total tonnage reached 37.5 million, up 1.5 million tons or 4.2%. The port handled 507,000 intermodal boxes, up 73,000,

or 17%

compared to the previous year. “The market has clearly chosen the Port of Savannah

as the Southeastern hub for containerized trade,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “To fulfill the growing responsibility placed on our deep-water terminals, we have developed a plan to double our capacity.”

GPA’s Executive Director Lynch speaks during the State of the Port event. (GPA/Stephen B. Morton)

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