The South Carolina Ports Authority owns and operates public seaport facilities in the Port of Charleston and in Georgetown, facilitating 260,800 jobs statewide and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year. In the Port of Charleston, the SCPA offers two container facilities, frequently cited as the most productive in North America, and three mixed use facilities. Long term, Charleston is building the only new, permitted port facility under construction on the East Coast. The new facility, opening around 2019, will infuse an additional 50% in container capacity at the port.
No matter what you’ve got to move, South Carolina delivers. Our state’s seaports are well equipped to handle any type of cargo, whether container, breakbulk, wheeled, overweight, oversized or loose. With the industry’s most efficient, multi-use facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, we’re ready to work with you to deliver customized business solutions for your shipping needs.
The Port of Charleston is the Southeast port ready to handle your post-Panamax supply chain today. Already home to the deepest channels in the Southeast region, Charleston regularly handles ships of more than 9,000-TEU capacity drafting up to 48 feet. Short transit times to the port’s five marine terminals, each within two hours sailing time from the open ocean, help keep vessel schedule integrity intact and minimize the risk of canal penalties or missed berthing windows at other ports.
Efforts to further deepen Charleston’s already deepest-in-the-region channels are well underway. The deepening of the harbor to 50 feet is being expedited by the Administration and is fully funded by the South Carolina Legislature, with an expected completion date by 2019.
In addition to Charleston’s container-handling capabilities, the port delivers on breakbulk. With four multi-purpose terminals, experienced staff and heavy-lift equipment—including the region’s largest barge-mounted crane—Charleston is ready to handle any size load. Access to interstate highways and efficient rail infrastructure for oversized moves further highlights Charleston’s cargo-handling capabilities.
Beyond serving your needs today, the Port of Charleston is growing its capacity. To prepare for coming years, Charleston is heavily investing in its new and existing terminals with a 10-year, $1.3-billion capital plan. A new terminal that will boost total container capacity in the port by 50% is set to open around 2019, timed with the completion of Charleston’s harbor deepening project. An inland port for Greer, South Carolina in the heart of the port’s Upstate customer base is on track to open in the fall of 2013. Additional near-term improvements to bring on capacity mean Charleston is ready to grow along with you.
South Carolina Ports Authority
PO Box 22287
Charleston, SC 29413-2287
Marketing & Sales Phone: 1-800-382-1721