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Dockside Operations

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One of Charleston’s key benefits to cruise operators is the ease of access to our terminal. Less than one hour from the open sea, our facilities are located on the finest natural harbor on the U.S. East Coast. The water is deep, the channels are wide, and the transit is short. Details of our dockside operations are offered below.

Entrance Channel: 47 ft. MLW

Entrance Channel (M): 14.3 m MLW

Main Channel: 45 ft. MLW

Main Channel (M): 13.7 m MLW

Depth Alongside: 42 ft. MLW

Depth Alongside (M): 12.8 m MLW

Turning Basin: 42 ft. MLW

Turning Basin (M): 12.8 m MLW

Tidal Shift: 5.2 Feet

Tidal Shift (M): 1.58 m

Tidal Range: 4.4 ft. – 6.0 ft.

Tidal Range (M): 1.3 m – 1.8 m

Open Sea: 1 Hour

Air Draft Restrictions: None

Harbor Operations: 24/7

Local Pilot Required: Yes

Tugs Available: Yes

NOAA Charts: 11524 & 11526

Cruise Ship Berth: Up to 1,000 ft.

Cruise Ship Berth (M): Up to 305 m

Mooring Dolphin: 150 ft.

Mooring Dolphin (M): 45.7 m

Dock Height: 12 ft. MLW

Dock Height (M): 3.6 m MLW

Dock Apron Width: 40 ft.

Dock Apron Width (M): 12.2 m

Water Available at Dock: Yes

Hose Size: 2.5