CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Port of Charleston is welcoming the largest container ship to ever sail into Charleston Harbor on Wednesday morning.
The 109,000-ton MSC Bruxelles docked at the Wando Welch Terminal. The ship is 1,100 feet long and 150 feet wide. The Bruxelles can carry 9,200 twenty-foot long shipping containers and can draft up to 49 feet, illustrating the need for harbor deepening to accommodate the future of the shipping industry.
"Big ships are here today, and more are coming," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. "Based on the attractive economics, carriers will continue to deploy larger ships in ports with the infrastructure to efficiently handle them. With deep channels and a $1.3-billion capital plan - including a new terminal - Charleston will continue to strengthen its capabilities to handle big ships."
The Bruxelles is operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest container shipping line and a major employer in the Port of Charleston.
By comparison, the first ship to call Charleston in MSC's Golden Gate Service in Feb. 2010, was 8,089-TEU in size.