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, S.C. The state-of-the-art container terminal will greatly enhance SC Ports capacity and capabilities, including the ability to handle 19,000-TEU vessels.
Phase One is nearing completion ahead of the spring opening. Five new ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach will handle mega container ships at the terminal’s new 1,400-foot berth.
The terminal’s 47-acre container yard will have 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.
Several buildings are nearing completion on the site, including the terminal operations building, the vessel operations building and the maintenance building.
Construction is almost finished on the S.C. Department of Transportation’s Port Access Road, which will connect Interstate 26 to the Leatherman 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.
Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal will add about 700,000 TEUs of capacity to SC Ports; when fully built, the 280-acre, three-berth terminal will double existing port capacity.
The Leatherman Terminal 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.