The USA’s Port of Charleston has awarded a US$213m contract for the dredging of its harbour entrance channel and has also purchased US$69.5m worth of quay cranes.
The dredging contract was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company and will ensure that the Charleston harbour entrance channel, which stretches more than 20 miles long, will be dredged to 52 ft throughout.
Port operators South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president Jim Newsome said: “This multi-year contract, in conjunction with another contract awarded in September, provides for the construction work for the entrance channel to be completed without the potential for delays.”
SCPA also announced the purchase of six new Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, which will arrive in late 2019 when the dredging project will be two-thirds complete.
Five cranes offering 169 ft of lift height will be delivered to Charleston’s new Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal, which is currently under construction.
Phase one of the new terminal is scheduled for completion in mid-2020 and will feature an annual capacity of 628,000 teu.
The final crane, with a lift height of 155 ft, will be delivered to the SCPA’s busiest terminal, the Wando Welch Terminal.
Two ZPMC cranes have already been ordered for the Wando Wench Terminal, with delivery due in February 2018, and by 2020 nine of the thirteen STS cranes at the terminal will offer 155 ft of lift height.