Officials with the South Carolina State Ports Authority say it could take several months to repair four cranes that were damaged when a storm struck the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant Saturday night.
According to Ports Authority spokeswoman Allison Skipper, microburst winds with estimated speeds of 70 mph blew a large 1,500-ton Panamax crane down its tracks, causing it hit another smaller one. The resulting chain reaction damaged two more cranes. No injuries were reported.
Skipper said an early estimate expects the cranes to require 1-3 months for repairs. “A lot of the parts to these cranes are weld-on, weld-off or bolt-on, bolt-off,” she told South Carolina Radio Network. “So the timeline… will depend on the extent of the damage and the availability of the replacement parts.”
She said the dock at the Wando Terminal still has seven cranes remaining, so it will continue to handle ships during that time.
A press release by the SCSPA states that a response team is onsite to clean up hydraulic fluid that leaked from the cranes, and no fluid entered the harbor. 74 shipping containers were also damaged by the collision. Nineteen of those were loaded with cargo.
Matt Long contributed to this report