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  • Monday, May 06, 2019 1:46 PM | Anna Thies


    USI INSURANCE SERVICES

    A brief summary of your services will tell us...

    USI Insurance Services is the nations’ largest privately held commercial P&C insurance broker. In 2017 USI acquired Wells Fargo Insurance Services, which included the office in West Ashely.

    Specializing in the middle market, USI offers customized protection that benefits your bottom line. We offer practical, cost-effective risk management solutions. Thanks to our extensive knowledge and experience in many different industries, we can often identify risks and develop strategies that other property and casualty brokers may not have considered. We can help you protect your assets, lower your exposure to liability, and help improve your company’s financial position – all while reducing time spent handling insurance matters. Our Marine Practice Group focuses on mitigating exposures related to vessels, ports, cargo, contamination, warehousing, workers compensation, and more.

    What regions do you serve?

    Our Charleston office can service accounts throughout the southeast. We have over 30 insurance and employee benefit professionals staffed with an average tenure of 20+ years.

    What might surprise me about USI?

    Our Charleston office’s door first opened in 1868. Since then there have been many acquisitions and names (including Heffron Ingle McDowell & Cooper, Palmer and Cay, Wachovia, Wells Fargo), and our office has grown commensurately over the years. The USI name may be new, but our office and the professionals who staff it have been in the marketplace for many years, and we have had the good fortune to insure many of the largest and well known businesses in the Lowcountry.

    Contact Info...

    Please contact Charlie Frizzell at either 843-364-1660 or Charles.frizzell@usi.com

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:45 PM | Anna Thies

    UPDATE: The CSX Tailrace Canal Railroad Bridge over the Cooper River in Moncks Corner, SC is out of service and will remain in the down position. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of July 2019. In the meantime, boaters can arrange to have the bridge opened manually by contacting 843-899-7647 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule a time.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector's 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:31 PM | Anna Thies

    SAFETY COMPLIANCE SOLUTIONS

    A brief summary of your services will tell us...

    We offer professional safety training to benefit individuals and businesses. 

    We like to keep our courses interactive and conversational to promote retention & implementation when the time is needed most. Your workforce will thrive with employees who are dedicated to grow in awareness & confidence within safety & preparation.

    See attached picture below for a list of available classes. 

    What regions do you serve?

    The greater Charleston area but have recently delved into the upstate and NC. We are currently developing an online training program to be available to all. 

    What might surprise me about SCS?

    Is your organization compliant with OSHA standards? SCS can help you learn how to achieve OSHA Compliance – and go beyond compliance – for the safety and well-being of your employees.

    What are some of SCS's proudest accomplishments?

    As of 2018 we are proud to say we have partnered with an amazing organization, Trident Technical College. You can enroll in a class as a student and gain an edge -  that opportunity to develop the skills demanded by today’s employers. As an organization, the same can be done employee-wide at your facility.  

    Our instructors are equipped with certifications that we are continually advancing. We offer a strong background in hands-on experience with actual workplace safety management. We are ready to elevate you or your company's safety program to best-in-class!

    Contact Info...

    SCS is geared towards supporting safety professionals on their journey. Each journey is different. We know how to tailor projects to each of our customers' unique needs and budget. Contact us for a free consultation.

    John Atkins- 843-607-0060, scsolutions843@gmail.com


    "Training isn't expensive, it's priceless"


  • Monday, April 22, 2019 3:40 PM | Anna Thies

    A brief summary of your services will tell us…

    McLean Contracting Company is capable of all facets of marine construction including bridge, pier and bulkhead construction, dredging, dredge material treatment and disposal, stevedoring, heavy lift, marine demolition and salvage. Our capabilities and core values are what ensures that McLean Contracting continues to be a staple in heavy civil marine construction industry.

    McLean Contracting also has a multitude of capabilities that reach far beyond marine construction. We have an internal team that self-performs millwright, and industrial maintenance and repair services to include welding, material handling equipment repair, equipment, installation and implementation, general facility maintenance and repair allowing us to offer a safe, single cost-effective solution to all of waterfront client’s demands.

    What regions do you serve?

    We currently serve all coastal areas of South Carolina from North Myrtle Beach to the Savannah River. With our corporate headquarters located in Glen Burnie, MD., McLean presently operates in 5 states and maintains regional offices and construction yards in Baltimore, MD and Chesapeake VA. These yards have more than 2,400 lf of bulkhead with direct access to the Chesapeake Bay and Intracoastal Waterway and house a universal fleet of marine equipment that can quickly and efficiently mobilize to all areas of South Carolina.

    What might surprise me about McLean Contracting?

    Our first project in the Charleston Harbor was in 1965.

    At McLean Contracting we treat one another as family. This is probably because most of them are. Of our over 280 employees, multiple families have had several family members employed throughout the generations. We currently have a Superintendent that is a 5th generation McLean employee. This is probably why we are currently approaching  

    What are some of McLean Contracting’s proudest accomplishments?

    McLean Contracting is a 100% Employee Owned “S” Corporation that has been in business for over 115 years.

    Over this 116-year period we have built all of our floating whirley cranes in house. Currently we have 13 floating whirleys in our fleet ranging from 35 tons to 250 tons in lifting capacity.

    We are currently approaching 2,000,000 man hours worked without a lost time incident.

    Contact Bryan Ellis for more information about McLean Contracting.

      

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:24 PM | Anna Thies

    Port News

    SC Port Authority Sees Second Strongest Month for Container Volume in History (Transportation News)

    Truck Explosion at Wando Terminal Under OSHA Investigation (Live 5)

    Port of Houston Restricts Containerships at Request of Energy Companies (Lloyd’s List)

    OCEMA, GPA and SCPA Agree on South Atlantic Chassis Pool 2.0 (AJOT)

    Witnesses Say Harbor Maintenance Funding Crucial (American Shipper)


    Steamship/Pilot

    One in 5 Managers Want to Leave Shipping (Shipping Watch)

    Digital Association of Major Carriers Officially Formed (Port Tech)

    US Imposes Sanctions on 4 Shipping Companies (Shipping Watch)

    Hapag-Lloyd Has Identified 12 Measures Where Service Must Be Improved (Shipping Watch)


    Truck/Rail

    J.B.Hunt Profit Rises, But Lower Volumes Weigh on Results (WSJ)

    Truck Driver Shortage May Reach 900,000 by 2027 (American Shipper)

    Data Quality is Critical to Drive Insights on Trucking Operations (Freightwaves)

    Ancra, Cargo Securement with Automated Decking System (Freightwaves)


    Logistics/Supply Chain

    Ace Hardware Rolls Out Buy Online, Deliver From Store (Digital Commerce)

    Mastery Logistics Systems Makes Entrance into TMS Market (Logistics Mgt)

    A Majority of Retailers Struggle with Inventory Forecasting (Supply Chain)

    In the Warehouse of the Future, Time is of the Essence (Supply Chain)


    Commerce

    New U.S. Aluminum Mill, Largest in Decades (WSJ)

    Muffin Man, Inc Launching Laurens County Operations (SC Commerce)


    Cyber

    LockerGoga Virus was Used in Strike that Crippled Operations  (WSJ)

    Shipping Should be on Red Alert for Cyber Risks (American Shipper)


    Other

    Mariner Dies After Dredge Workboat Capsizes (GCaptain)

    Cocaine Stash Found Attached to LNG Carriers Rudder (Maritime Executive)


  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 3:29 PM | Anna Thies

    CLIENT ADVISORY:

    Gate Hours Friday & Saturday

    CHARLESTON CONTAINER

    Good Friday, April 19, 2019 - Holiday Work Day with normal gate hours 0600-1800.

    Wando Welch Terminal will have reefer operations from 0800-1200 with the last truck interchange at 1130. North Charleston Terminal will not have reefer service.

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Truck gates at Charleston's container terminals will be OPEN from 0600-1700.

    Motor carriers performing single missions must enter the lanes by 16:30.

    Wando Welch Terminal will have reefer operations from 0800-1200. North Charleston Terminal will not have reefer service.

    The 2019 Container Gate Holiday Schedule can be found at:

    http://www.scspa.com/wp-content/uploads/holiday-gate-schedule-2019.pdf

    All other SC Terminals and operations will follow their normal working hours.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 7:01 PM | Anna Thies

    CHARLESTON HARBOR, ASHLEY RIVER NAVIGATION ALERT

    CHARLESTON, SC

    A steel work boat capsized and sank in the south eastern portion of the Charleston Harbor at position 32-46.020N 079-55.292W. The responsible party is actively coordinating salvage efforts. Heavy equipment is currently, and will remain, on scene until salvage efforts are complete. Mariners are advised to stay clear of the area.

    This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843) 740-3184 or the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050 or on VHF channel 16.


  • Friday, April 12, 2019 6:42 PM | Anna Thies


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