1 million pound load? Charleston Giant crane can handle it

The Charleston Giant heavy-lift crane, seen here in 2007, has increased its load capacity from 900,000 pounds to 1 million pounds. The crane is the largest floating crane in the Southeast and has been used to move overweight cargo and other items since 20

The Port of Charleston's oversized cargo-handling capabilities just got a big lift.

The barge-mounted Charleston Giant heavy-lift crane, already the largest floating crane in the Southeast, has increased its certified load capacity from 900,000 pounds to 1 million pounds, the State Ports Authority announced Monday.

The crane, operated by Charleston Heavy Lift LLC, was first commissioned in 2005 and has been instrumental in the movement of oversize and overweight cargo like turbines, generators, cranes and construction components.

Non-containerized cargo in the ports of Charleston and Georgetown is expected to climb 53 percent during the 2011 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

"From the largest shipment to the smallest project, the Port of Charleston has the people, facilities, services and experience to handle any size load," said Paul McClintock, senior vice president and chief commercial officer at the South Carolina State Ports Authority, which owns and operates the Port of Charleston and the Port of Georgetown.

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.