South Carolina Ports’ new terminal on track to open in March

August 9, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first phase of a new terminal at the South Carolina Ports is on schedule to open in March, officials said.

Port officials said in a statement that concrete has been poured for the wharf. Buildings and booths for trucks are being finished. And, helicopters are helping run power lines to the new site, which will be named for Republican state Sen. Hugh Leatherman of Florence.

The new terminal is the first phase of a six-year $2 billion project for South Carolina’s busiest port that should double the amount of cargo the facility can handle. Crews are deepening the channel in Charleston Harbor to 52 feet (16 meters) to handle the world’s largest ships.

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The new terminal will have an direct connection for truckers to Interstate 26. It also will have six-story tall refrigerated container racks.

The terminal is being built on the site of Charleston’s old Navy base.

“With great creativity and coordination, they are transforming the former Navy Base site into a state-of-the-art container terminal. I am so proud of the work they are doing for South Carolina, said South Carolina Ports COO Barbara Melvin.