The Port of Charleston has gone from three different gating systems to one.
To meet the demands of our customers here at the port we’ve streamlined our container operations and gone to a single gate operating system. Basically what that’s going to do is make it a lot simpler for anybody who has to come in-and-out of the port on a daily basis.
Byron Miller with the State Ports Authority says in the past, some areas of the container yards were licensed to specific shipping lines.
We had multiple terminal operators at each one of our terminals so it created inconsistencies with the hours of operation, the kind of equipment, the processes and everything else. So, this should provide much greater simplicity to our customers and other users to the port.
With Charleston Gate LLC coming on board as a single operator for the port, Miller says he expects good things.
Charleston Gate is a new company, a new LLC that was formed by three firms here in the port. They came together in partnership, it’s a public-private partnership between the port and these three companies. Another great benefit is that we are going to have extended operating hours at all the gates now. They are all open from seven in the morning until six at night. So, it definitely harmonizes all facets of the port operations and it will allow us to boost our capacity.
Miller says the new system should boost the capacity by at least 10 percent. However, Miller does say the first day of the new system was a little rocky, but he expects everything to get on track.
The reality is that any time you have a new system there are going to be delays and waits. The quicker we can work through this, the better and everybody just needs to take a long, deep breathe, be patient, and we’ll get through it.
Miller says nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so customers and employees at the port need to give it time, and it’ll be worth the wait.