Servicing the Ports in Charleston and Georgetown, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina since 1983.
TICO maintains a fleet of 280+ terminal tractors and trailers and various other specialized equipment that support a current total of 16 cranes and all types of ro/ro and break bulk operations in Charleston. The cranes are located in 5 different terminals on both sides of the Cooper River (with 4 new cranes being added to the line up by 2017). Wando Welsh Terminal and North Charleston Terminal are the major container ports with a total of 14 ship to shore cranes and 4 more scheduled for 2017. Columbus Street Terminal is predominantly ro/ro, automobiles, and break bulk freight. Union Pier is break bulk and project cargo while the military freight moves through the Naval Weapons Station. Dedicated off port leases are steadily increasing the need for more DOT tractors in North Charleston.
The SCSPA Inland Port in Greer, SC is a rail operation that opened in the fall of 2013, providing a daily dedicated rail service to and from Charleston. The initial truck/trailer count there was increased last year and upon completion of current expansion plans for the facility, the tractor/trailer needs could easily double.
Work at the port in Georgetown, SC is not frequent enough to justify dedicating a pool of equipment there full time, so for now, equipment is transported from Charleston as needed and returned upon completion of vessel operations.
Over the last two years, the North Carolina State Port Authority’s Port of Wilmington has experienced a significant increase in container vessel calls and TICO’s foot print there has increased accordingly. Plans are being made to provide equipment for project cargo coming in to the port in Morehead City later this year as well as the military facility at Sunny Point.