|Vessel Drafts||46 Ft||47 Ft||48 Ft||49 Ft||50 Ft|
|Vessel Movement Hours Per Day||24 Hrs||20 Hrs||17 Hrs||15 Hrs||10 Hrs|
Channel Depth (mean low water):
- Entrance Channel 54.2 ft (16.5m)
- Harbor channel and dockside 45 ft (13.7m)
- Soft mud bottom
- Minimum 500 feet (152m)
- Maximum 1,000 feet (304.8m)
Average 1.5 knots.
Columbus Street Terminal has no air draft limitations. Vessels access the ports largest facility, the Wando Welch Terminal, as well as the new terminal under construction at the former Navy Base, by sailing underneath the Ravenel Bridge, which allows for 186 feet (56.7 m) of vertical clearance at mean high water. Ships sailing to North Charleston Terminal transit underneath the Don Holt Bridge, with 155 feet (47.24 m) of air draft.
Air draft 186 ft (56.6m) MHW
NOAA Air Gap Report - Ravenel Bridge
Don Holt Bridge (North Charleston Terminal Only)
Air draft 155 ft (47.24m) MHW
NOAA Air Gap Report - Don Holt Bridge
NOAA 11524 and 1 1 526.
Required. Charleston Branch Pilot's Association.
U.S. Coast Guard regulations apply.
Tug and Tow:
Available at dock.
Fuel is only pumped via barge and not across the dock at all SCPA facilities.
Harbor Pilots: VHF Channels 13, 14, 16
Moran Towing: VHF Channel 19A
McAllister Towing: VHF Channel 7A