January 9 - South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has handled a 680-tonne steam generator for the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company nuclear power plant expansion near Columbia.

The Westinghouse Electric Company-built generator, which SCPA claims was one the heaviest energy projects to pass through the gateway, was discharged from BBC Chartering's vessel BBC Aquamarine directly onto a 36-axle Schnabel railcar, specifically designed for the transport of heavy and oversize loads.

"The steam generator move demonstrates the high, wide and heavy capabilities of our Columbus Street Terminal," claims Jim Newsome, SCPA president and ceo.

In 2011, SCPA renovated the Columbus Street Terminal, expanding on-dock rail, storage and heavy lift capabilities for project cargo and other breakbulk cargoes.

SCPA will handle three additional steam generators of the same size over the next year.