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South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome
President & CEO

The South Carolina Ports Authority owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer, facilitating 260,800 jobs statewide and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year. At 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, and the facility will infuse an additional 50% in container capacity at the port.

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No matter what you’ve got to move, South Carolina delivers. Our state’s seaports are well-equipped to handle any type of cargo: container, breakbulk, wheeled, overweight, oversized or loose. With the industry’s most efficient, multi-use facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer, we’re ready to work with you to deliver customized business solutions for your shipping needs.

The Port of Charleston is also the Southeast port ready to link your post-Panamax supply chain today. With the deepest channels and harbor in the 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. An overnight rail service to the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer extends the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland, giving shippers access to 94 million consumers within a one-day drive.

Efforts to further deepen Charleston’s already deepest-in-the-region channels are well underway. Our harbor deepening project is being expedited by the Administration and is fully funded by the South Carolina Legislature. We hope to finish our project in 2018.

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 sized 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, South Carolina Ports is heavily investing in its new and existing terminals with a 10-year, $1.3 billion capital plan. The Port of Charleston is planning to open a new container terminal around 2018, and this new facility will boost the port’s container capacity by 50%. Additional near-term improvements to increase capacity mean Charleston is ready to grow along with you.

South Carolina Ports Authority
PO Box 22287
Charleston, SC 29413-2287
Marketing & Sales Phone:
Fax: 843-577-8710