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Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal

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SC Ports is on track to open the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in March 2021, marking the country’s first new container terminal in more than a decade.

The future Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal sits along the Cooper River in North Charleston. The state-of-the-art container terminal will greatly enhance S.C. Ports capacity and capabilities, including the ability to handle 19,000-TEU vessels.

Aerial view of HLT wharf
Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal will have a 1,400-foot berth, five ship-to-shore cranes and 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes. (Photo/SCPA/Walter Lagarenne)

Site work for Phase One is well underway, preparing the terminal to handle mega container ships, cranes, containers, refrigerated container racks, trucks and operations.

Phase One will have a 1,400-foot berth, 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes, and five new ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach. The ongoing Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will also yield a 52-foot depth at the terminal.

Several buildings are beginning to take shape on the site, including the terminal operations building, the vessel operations building, several booths, canopies and other support facilities.

Construction is also progressing on the Port Access Road, which will connect Interstate 26 to the new terminal. The Port Access Road will separate truck traffic from residential traffic, as well as maximize safety and efficiency of cargo traveling to and from the terminal.

The first phase will add about 700,000 TEUs of capacity to S.C. Ports; when fully built, the 280-acre, three-berth terminal will double existing port capacity.

The Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal will further enable S.C. Ports to handle growing cargo volumes and large vessels, ensuring South Carolina remains globally competitive for decades to come.

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