March 12 - Charleston Harbour's newest heavy lift crane Ocean Ranger, which is owned and operated by Charleston Heavy Lift Inc, made its first lift when it unloaded a 308-tonne generator onto a barge at Columbus Street Terminal.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) invested in the construction of the mobile barge crane, which has a 500-tonne lifting capacity and is designed primarily for heavy project cargo lifts to and from breakbulk vessels.

Jim Newsome, president and ceo of SCPA, commented on Charleston Harbour's newest asset: "It brings a new capability to meet the needs of our customers who transport their breakbulk and non-containerised project cargo across our docks."

With an overall length of 60.9 m and a 49.3 m long lifting boom, the crane has been certified by the American Bureau of Shipping and with offshore capabilities, can be used in salvage and recovery projects outside of the harbour.

The crane barge was manufactured by Metal Trades Inc at its shipyard in Yonges Island, and will be docked on the Cooper River near Veterans Terminal.