As the State Ports Authority gets ready to mark its 75th anniversary Sunday, the agency that operates the Port of Charleston is about to set another milestone — the arrival of its first container ship carrying 14,000 cargo boxes, known as TEUs in maritime jargon.
“We will have a 14,000 TEU ship in May,” said Jim Newsome, the SPA’s chief executive officer. “That will be the first time we’ve ever seen a ship of that size.”
TEU is shorthand for “twenty-foot equivalent unit,” an inexact measurement of the metal boxes full of goods carried by container ships. Vessels carrying 14,000 TEUs are among the largest sailing today.