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Little Miss Sunshine and South Craneolina new crane names at Inland Port

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Sunday, July 7, 2019

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Haven Ebel, a fifth grader at Blythe Academy of Languages in Greenville, named a new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane at Inland Port Greer Little Miss Sunshine.
 

S.C. Port Authority

Haven Ebel, a fifth grader at Blythe Academy of Languages in Greenville, named a new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane at Inland Port Greer Little Miss Sunshine.

 



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Jack Sibley-Jones, also a fifth grader at Blythe Academy of Languages, named the second crane South Craneolina.
 

S.C. Port Authority

Jack Sibley-Jones, also a fifth grader at Blythe Academy of Languages, named the second crane South Craneolina.

 

Little Miss Sunshine and South Craneolina have joined the ranks of South Carolina Ports Authority’s cranes — thanks to the creativity of two Greenville County elementary students.

Haven Ebel and Jack Sibley-Jones, both fifth graders at Blythe Academy of Languages in Greenville, won the Port’s latest crane-naming contest for two new rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes at Inland Port Greer.

Third through fifth grade students in Greenville County and Spartanburg County school districts submitted 552 name suggestions for the cranes. A team of SCPA employees reviewed the entries; the selection process is anonymous.

Ebel’s Little Miss Sunshine and Sibley-Jones’s South Craneolina submissions were selected. The students recently visited Inland Port Greer to see the names displayed on the cranes. They also earned $500 each for their school from SCPA.

“Our Name the Cranes contest engages students to think creatively and introduces them to Port operations and equipment,” said Mike Stresemann, SCPA’s senior director of crane and equipment maintenance. “It gives students an opportunity to impact port terminals in a real way.”

Students from around the state have named dozens of RTG and ship-to-shore cranes at Port terminals over the years. Daddy Long Legs, Craneous Maximus, Cranebob Bluepants, Heavy Metal and Bluesaurus Rex are among the names adorning cranes used by crane operators.

“South Carolina Ports Authority strives to have an innovative and diverse workforce that thinks outside the box. Our Name the Cranes contest creates a connection between the Port of Charleston and South Carolina students, helping them to envision a career in the maritime industry,” S.C. Ports Authority COO Barbara Melvin said. “We also really enjoy seeing the creative names that students suggest for our cranes.”

The 85-foot-tall RTG cranes at Inland Port Greer move containers on and off trains and trucks at the terminal. Inland Port Greer is in its sixth year of operation and handled 128,515 rail moves since July 2018, up 19.4 percent from the same time a year.

 

 

 

 

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