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SC Ports, the State of South Carolina, and other government agencies and partners are currently investing in nearly $3.0 billion in port-related infrastructure that will enhance operational performance and transportation infrastructure related to the movement of cargo at the Port and throughout the State. The below list includes recent investments along with planned investments through Fiscal Year 2022.

$3.0 Billion CAPEX Plan Supporting SC Ports
Recent & Planned Investments Through FY2022 (Shown In Millions of Dollars)

South Carolina Ports Authority-Funded Investments  
Hugh Leatherman Terminal Phase 1$ 846
HLT Port Access Road (SCPA Portion)$ 140
Wando Welch Terminal Improvements$ 450
Ridgeville Industrial Park$ 47
Inland Port Greer (Initial & Future)$ 74
Inland Port Dillon$ 42
All Other Terminal Investments (FY19 – FY22)$ 97
SC Ports Authority CAPEX Total:$ 1,696
Capital Investments Not Funded By SCPA  
Harbor Deepening (State Contribution to Date) (1)$ 321
Harbor Deepening (Federal Contribution to Date)$ 246
HLT Port Access Road (State Contribution) (1)$ 220
Wando Wharf Strengthening (TIGER Grant)$ 11
Wando Wharf Toe Wall (Port Infrastructure Grant)$ 20
Inland Port Greer (Norfolk Southern)$ 8
Inland Port Greer Expansion (BUILD Grant) (SCPA Portion)$ 15
Inland Port Dillon (CSX)$ 10
Ridgeville Industrial Park (BUILD Grant)$ 22
Navy Base Intermodal Facility (NBIF)$ 450
Other CAPEX Total:$ 1,321
Grand Total SC Port-Related Investment$3,017

As of February 2021

Some amounts reflect estimates which can change over time.  

  1. Includes interest earned & excludes State of SC loan to SCPA of $50MM for Harbor Deepening.

*In order to provide a clearer scope of the scale of SC Ports’ CAPEX commitment, the expenses shown indicate initial and future expenses for these projects.

Highlights and focus areas of the plan include:

  • Harbor Deepening to 52
    • Fully permitted project under construction that will make Charleston the deepest port on the East Coast by 2021.
  • New Terminal Development:
    • Container Terminal & Associated Transportation Infrastructure:
      • Phase 1 of the Hugh Leatherman Terminal, a new 286-acre container terminal located along the west bank of the Cooper River.
      • A Port Access Road is under construction that will connect this terminal directly to I-26.
      • An Intermodal Transfer Facility, to be funded and operated by Palmetto Railways, will be located on a private road adjacent to this facility allowing for near-dock rail.
  • Rail-served Inland Ports:
    • Inland Port Greer Commenced operations in November 2013; serves the upstate of South Carolina; served by the Norfolk Southern.
    • Inland Port Dillon Commenced operations in the Spring 2018 ; serves the Pee Dee region of the state; served by the CSX.
  • Wando Welch Terminal Improvements:
    • SCPA’s largest container terminal in both size and volume is currently being upgraded to better handle super-post-Panamax ships and to enhance terminal operations. Key projects include:
      • Strengthening the wharf and building a toe wall that will support deepening the harbor to 52.
      • Purchase of five Super-Post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) Cranes.
      • Modification and raising of four existing STS Cranes.
      • Purchase of 36 Rubber-Tired-Gantry Cranes.
      • Construction of a refrigerated service area and racking system.
      • Traffic yard improvements and chassis yard relocation.
  • All Other Terminal Investments
    • Information technology enhancements including a new terminal operating system.
    • Investment in a new corporate headquarters.
    • Equipment replacements and upgrades at all other terminals.
    • Paving and infrastructure enhancements at various terminals.