The State Ports Authority, which closed the Port of Charleston on Monday afternoon as Tropical Storm Irma brought wind and rain to the area, resumed normal operations on Tuesday as it prepared for a visit from the largest container ship to call on East Coast seaports.
With mostly clear weather forecast for the rest of this week, the CMA CGM shipping line said it will resume the scheduled visit of its Theodore Roosevelt container ship to Charleston. The Roosevelt is scheduled to make its way into Charleston Harbor from the sea buoy after 7:30 a.m. Thursday and will dock at Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant by 1 p.m.
The Roosevelt — capable of hauling up to 14,855 cargo boxes — was supposed to visit Charleston on Sept. 1, but its visit has been delayed three times because of weather and a scheduling conflict.
SPA spokeswoman Erin Dhand said the Port of Charleston weathered Monday's storm without any signficant impacts.
"There was no damage of any kind, just minor cleanup from the storm," Dhand said.
That was the same story for big manufacturers in the Charleston region, with many of them resuming operations Tuesday after shutting down days ahead of the storm.
Volvo Cars halted construction of its $500 million manufacturing campus in Berkeley County on Friday and inspected the site for damage Tuesday morning.
"I'm happy to report that we did not have any damage," said spokeswoman Stephanie Mangini. "Thankfully, our plant is designed to withstand natural events."
Mangini said construction and equipment installation will start up again Wednesday.
Volvo's plant off Interstate 26 near Ridgeville will make a newly redesigned S60 sedan, with the first cars scheduled to roll off the assembly line by next summer.
Boeing Co., which builds the 787 Dreamliner commercial plane at its North Charleston campus, suspended operations Saturday and either flew its finished planes to safe locations or moved them inside as Irma approached.
Spokeswoman Lori Gunter said the aerospace giant's facilities came through the storm without damage.
The Mercedes-Benz Vans site in North Charleston also suspended operations Friday afternoon to give workers and contractors time to prepare for the storm, said company spokeswoman Alyssa Bean. In addition to assembling vehicles imported from Germany, the company is building a $500 million manufacturing plant at its Palmetto Commerce Park site that will build Sprinter vans.
"Monday’s weather conditions only had minor impacts on the MBV facility, so construction work is expected to resume today and MBV plans to resume all remaining operations by Wednesday," Bean said.
Steelmaker Nucor Corp., which operates a plant along the Cooper River in rural Huger, wound down operations Friday night "so that folks who wanted to evacuate would have the time to prepare and travel before the storm hit," said Giff Daughtridge, vice president and general manager of the site.
Daughtridge said conditions at the plant "were fine throughout," and steel-making resumed Tuesday morning.
"We had small teams manning the plant throughout and they did a great job making sure we could run today," he said.
The BP petrochemical plant south of the Nucor site in Berkeley County also is operating normally, after all non-essential workers were evacuated from the Huger plant over the weekend, according to spokesman Michael Abendhoff.
While the gates and container yards at the Port of Charleston resumed normal operations Tuesday, other Southeast seaports weren't so quick to rebound from the storm.
The Port of Georgia said workers were assessing damage to its Brunswick and Savannah terminals on Tuesday morning, with normal operations expected Wednesday. Ports in Florida were still assessing damage Tuesday with announcements on the resumption of their operations expected later.