New operating system at ports causes traffic woes

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC / AP) - Truck drivers were backed up for miles in North Charleston and the Wando Terminal trying to get into the port terminals.

A new operating system, Charleston Gate, was implemented Tuesday and slowed things down for truckers.

Byron Miller with the South Carolina Ports Authority says with any new system, people can expect delays.

"Previously we had three different operating systems. Now were replacing that with one. You've got one computer system and one single operator which will make things stream-lined," Miller said.

Truckers say they are upset about losing time and money while waiting in lines. Some truck drivers waited in line for more than two hours.

All gates at the port's three container terminals will be operated by the same company - Charleston Gate LLC.

In addition, the ports authority will now oversee all operations in the yards used to store containers loaded on ships. In the past, some areas of the container yards were licensed to specific shipping lines.

Ports officials say the new system makes it simpler to use the port facilities, will mean longer gate hours and should boost port capacity by about 10 percent.

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