SC Ports To Expand Capacity At North Charleston Terminal

Last  week, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SC Ports) announced the purchase of the former WestRock paper mill site adjacent to the North Charleston Terminal, which will, over time, allow SC Ports to significantly expand capacity at the North Charleston Terminal. The purchase of the roughly 280-acre waterfront property will grow the terminal’s capacity to “…handle 5 million containers in the future and create 5,000 feet of linear berth space for container ships and around 400 acres of terminal space for cargo.”

In a statement, SC Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said, “South Carolina’s economy is prospering, and we must continue to invest in our world-class port system to support the companies investing in our state. This is an incredible opportunity to enhance our high-performing North Charleston Terminal with renewed capacity to handle future growth.”

The state is expected to appropriate general funds to help aid in the purchase of the property. The House included $55 million for the purchase of the property in their version of the budget (H.5100) that passed last week.