SC students name Leatherman Terminal’s ship-to-shore cranes

June 7, 2021

Students from around the Lowcountry have named South Carolina Ports’ five ship-to-shore cranes at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.

The names are on the massive blue cranes in big block letters: Nifty Lifty, Sir Lift-A-Lot, No Crane No Gain, South Craneolina and The Reel Steel.

Students in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties came up with these creative names as part of SC Ports’ Name the Cranes contest. Third through fifth grade students submitted their suggestions for crane names. The selection process is anonymous.

The winners represent five schools and four municipalities, including two schools in North Charleston, which is where Leatherman Terminal is located.

“South Carolina Ports enjoys partnering with local schools to engage students and connect them to our operations and workforce. Our Names the Cranes contest is a really special way for students to connect with the port,” SC Ports Chief Operating Officer Barbara Melvin said. “Students always come up with creative names for our cranes, and we hope that it sparks a lifelong connection to the maritime industry for them.”

Ship-to-shore cranes are responsible for lifting cargo boxes filled with goods on and off container ships. Leatherman Terminal’s cranes have 169 feet of lift height above the wharf deck and 228 feet of outreach. The electric cranes are capable of working the largest container ships calling the East Coast.

“We have some of the tallest ship-to-shore cranes on the East Coast deployed at the country’s first container terminal to open since 2009,” SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Our entire team is proud that these impressive pieces of cargo-handling equipment have a strong connection to South Carolina students through our Name the Cranes contest.”

Name the Cranes contest winners:

Nifty Lifty
Student: Promise Washington
School: North Charleston Elementary School
Grade: Third
Teacher: Heidi Hocking

Sir Lift-A-Lot
Student: Rashard Davis
School: Fort Dorchester Elementary School
Grade: Fifth
Teacher: Jennifer Veloso

No Crane No Gain
Student: Jaden Warren
School: Drayton Hall Elementary School
Grade: Fifth
Teacher: Shantequa McGill

South Craneolina
Student: Corbin Pritchard
School: Westview Elementary
Grade: Fifth
Teacher: Lindsey Bronzino

The Reel Steel
Student: Noah Cowell
School: Bowen’s Corner Elementary
Grade: Fifth
Teacher: Kelee Beckwith


About South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. Please visit to learn more about SC Ports.