US-based South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has taken delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at Charleston Harbor to help the port in its big ship readiness activities.

Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC) in China, the cranes will provide 155ft of lift height from the dock to allow SCPA to handle larger container cargo ships.

Both cranes will be installed at the port’s Wando Welch Terminal, which is currently undergoing a $44m infrastructure development project that will improve the wharf and infrastructure of the port for handling bigger vessels and cranes.

The wharf improvement project will be completed next year.

The newly delivered cranes will also enable SCPA to complete its harbour deepening project to 52ft.

South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome said: “They are integral to our future and represent a big step forward in our strategy to remain competitive in today’s big-ship environment.

“Along with the Wando wharf strengthening project, the cranes will allow us to handle the upsizing of ships following the opening of the Panama Canal expansion in order to continue to meet the needs of our customers and enhance the crane productivity we are known for in the US port industry.”

"The cranes will allow us to handle the upsizing of ships following the opening of the Panama Canal expansion."

The Panama Canal expansion has led to the upsizing of vessels in SCPA, which will handle its first 14,000 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel later this year.

Last month, the SCPA board of directors approved the purchase of two more post-Panamax cranes, which will be delivered at the end of the next year.

SCPA, last month, also welcomed the Hannover Bridge, which is the first post-Panamax size vessel to call Charleston after transiting the recently-opened Panama Canal expansion.

Image: SCPA’s new super post-Panamax cranes in the Charleston Harbor. Photo: courtesy of South Carolina Ports Authority.