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Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal

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Phase 1 of South Carolina Ports’ Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal (HLT) opened in March 2021, marking the country’s first container terminal in more than a decade. HLT will further enable SC Ports to handle growing cargo volumes and the largest vessels calling the East Coast, ensuring South Carolina remains globally competitive for decades to come.

The Leatherman Terminal sits along the Cooper River in North Charleston, S.C. The state-of-the-art container terminal will greatly enhance SC Ports capacity and capabilities, including the ability to handle 20,000-TEU vessels.

The terminal’s 47-acre container yard has five ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach, 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes, eight empty container handlers, a refrigerated container yard, a new operating system and enhanced technologies — all designed to ensure efficient operations and speed-to-market for customers.

Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal adds about 700,000 TEUs of throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston. When fully built, the 286-acre, three-berth terminal will add 2.4 million TEUs of throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston, doubling existing port capacity.

Physical Address: 1500 Port Access Rd., North Charleston, SC 29405
Driving Directions: From I-26, take the Port Access Road at Exit 218 (Hugh K. Leatherman Port Terminal). Follow the Port Access Road to the large traffic circle, and take the second exit to the terminal gates.

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Contact Hugh Leatherman Terminal:

Onsite Manager: 843-654-5270
Driver’s Assistance: 843-579-4433

Total Acreage: 286
Phase 1 Developed Acreage: 134
Phase 1 Container Slots: 13,580 20 ft slot capacity + 85 wheeled slots
Container Yard Acreage: 47

Reefer Slots: 350 40 ft slot capacity, stacked 5 high with 10 racks
Interchange lanes/Gates: 10 inbound and 8 outbound lanes

Rail Service: Near dock. CSX & Norfolk Southern.
Serviced by RapidRail

Berth length: 1,400 feet / 426.70 meters
Project depth: 52 feet / 15.85 at mean low water. For confirmed current specifications contact our Berthing Department at 843-577-8659
Air Draft: (feeVmeters) 186 feet / 56.69 meters
Piloting time: About 2 hours dependent on conditions

Container Yard Equipment: 25 RTGs, 8 Empty container handlers

Ship-to-Shore Cranes

Count Make Outreach Containers Across Lift Height
5 ZPMC 228′ 26 169′


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