“This is what teamwork looks like”
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – The governor of South Carolina celebrated the arrival of the largest container ship ever docked at a South Carolina port on Friday in Mount Pleasant.
The Marco Polo freighter arrived at the Wando terminal on Friday morning, making the Charleston area its last stop before the massive 1,300-foot-long and 175-foot-wide ship headed overseas.
McMaster was scheduled to speak around noon from South Carolina Ports Authority headquarters in Mount Pleasant to celebrate the milestone.
The Governor praised the cooperation and strength reflected in the arrival of the ship and the infrastructure work he deemed necessary to make this possible.
“This is what teamwork is like,” said McMaster as he stood a short walk from the Marco Polo on Friday afternoon. “South Carolina is open for business. We never closed, we never will close and as Darius Rucker says, ‘Come on let me tell you why I love this place.’ “
SC Ports has invested $ 2 billion in infrastructure in recent years, including improvements to the Wando Welch terminal, to handle bigger ships and more cargo.
SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome calls the ship’s scheduled arrival a big moment for the state.
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“SC Ports has a long history of planning the arrival of such a vessel by investing significantly in large vessel infrastructure and cargo capacity, as well as deepening the Port of Charleston,” he said. “We are all proud to share this important milestone.”
The ship can carry more than 16,000 containers. Ship-to-shore cranes with a lift height of 155 feet above the quay deck are ready to load and unload these ships, port officials say.
“Our efficient operations and deep harbor are designed to accommodate vessels of this size,” said Barbara Melvin, COO of SC Ports.
The Marco Polo traveled the east coast. He arrived in Savannah on Wednesday in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
The vessel is operated by the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport and logistics. The Marco Polo sails on CMA CGM’s Columbus JAX service and travels from South Asia to the East Coast of the United States.
“Bigger ships carry more cargo, supporting more businesses and jobs dependent on ports throughout South Carolina and beyond,” said Bill Stern, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SC Ports.
Port operations support 1 in 10 jobs in the state, Stern said.
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