Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal - SC Ports Authority

Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal

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SC Ports’ Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal opened in March 2021 along the Cooper River in North Charleston, S.C., marking the country’s first container terminal to open in more than a decade.

Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal adds 700,000 TEUs of annual throughput capacity and an additional berth to the East Coast port market. When fully built, the 286-acre, three-berth terminal will add 2.4 million TEUs of throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston.

The state-of-the-art container terminal offers a 1,400-foot berth capable of handling a 20,000-TEU vessel, 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.

Leatherman Terminal enhances SC Ports’ ability to handle growing cargo volumes and the largest vessels calling the East Coast, ensuring South Carolina remains globally competitive for decades to come.

Physical Address: 1500 Port Access Rd., North Charleston, SC 29405

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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:

Container Managers:
Driver’s Assistance: 843-579-4433

Total Acreage:286
Phase 1 Developed Acreage:134
Phase 1 TEU Capacity:700,000 TEUs
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
Air Draft:186 feet / 56.69 meters
Piloting time:About 2 hours dependent on conditions
Container Yard Equipment:25 RTGs, 8 Empty container handlers
Project depth:52 feet / 15.85 at mean low water

For confirmed current specifications contact our Berthing Department at 843-577-8659.

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