Ship to Shore (STS) Crane Safety Guidelines
Vessel / Terminal STS Crane Safety
To minimize the risk of a vessel collision with dockside STS cranes, the SCPA will implement the following waterside guidelines:
1)All STS cranes are required to remain on stowage pins when idle.
2)Prior to a vessel’s arrival or departure from a berth, STS cranes are to be positioned on stowage pins together, near the amidships section of the vessel (as to avoiding the vessel’s bow and stern flair).
3)STS cranes are to not be moved while a vessel is berthing. Moving a crane disorients and distracts the docking pilot.
4)Idle STS crane booms will be raised over empty berths. If a boom cannot be raised up, Harbor and Docking pilots will be appropriately notified.
Any idle and unmanned STS cranes will be positioned on safety stowage pins to restrict unplanned movement.
Anytime a ship is maneuvered near a berth with stowed STS cranes, a risk of collision exists. If a ship makes contact with a dock at any approach other than flat and parallel, portions of the vessel can extend over the dock. Should a STS crane happen to be in the area, a collision resulting in significant loss is probable. Placing STS cranes in areas adjacent to the ship’s flatbody is the best way to minimize collision risk.
STS cranes should not be moved down the pier while a ship is berthing. Any crane movement may cause a loss of situational awareness regarding the ship’s motion relative to the berth. If STS cranes must be moved to clear bollards for the linemen or for any other reason, they should not be moved during vessel approach until after the ship is All Fast.
STS cranes boomed down over empty berths risk contact with berthing or passing ships. New generation STS booms extend more than 190 feet beyond the dock face into the navigation channel. If SCPA operations require a lowered boom over an empty berth, the appropriate Pilots will be notified of status and crane position.
**Instances that will impact amidships positioning include mechanical failures, weather, scheduled M&R, in progress vessel operations and vessels with mid-ship superstructures.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation will be painting the I-528 Don Holt Bridge spanning the Cooper River in Charleston, SC. The containment preparations will reduce bridge clearance by up to five feet over the channel throughout the duration of the project. The maintenance will be ongoing through July, 2017. Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly and remain to the eastern side of the channel, as practicable, to avoid unnecessary disruptions. For questions regarding the closure, please contact the South Carolina Specialized Bridge Division at: (843) 740-1695. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Coast Guard Sector Charleston at: (843) 740-7050. Click here for complete MSIB.
SCPA CLIENT ADVISORY: Martin Luther King Day Gate Operations
Truck gates at Charleston's container terminals will be OPEN on Monday, January 16th, 2017 from 0600 - 1800.
Dual Missions (Empties, Dry Loads, and Chassis) must be interchanged in by 1700. Single Missions (Empties, Dry Loads, and Chassis) must be interchanged by 1730.
Please confirm with your ocean carrier if they will be offering reefer service. If your ocean carrier is providing reefer service, all reefers must be interchanged in by 1600.
Holiday Work Day: OPEN 6:00 AM - 6:00PM
CHARLESTON BREAKBULK / RO-RO
Gates at Charleston's Columbus Street, Union Pier and Veterans Terminals will be CLOSED January 16, 2017.
Breakbulk operations at the Wando Welch Terminal Warehouse will also be closed January 16th.
GREER SOUTH CAROLINA INLAND PORT
SCIP will be operating under normal hours. Truck gates will be OPEN and all inbound and outbound Norfolk Southern trains will be running as usual January 16, 2017.