The Port of Charleston:
the South Atlantic's Deepwater Port

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Choosing a port shouldn’t be a gamble. Luckily, choosing the Port of Charleston is a sure thing, with the deepest water in the Southeast – now, industry-leading productive operations, major room to grow and a client-focused approach to serving your company’s unique needs.

All told, this combination delivers bottom-line benefits for our clients. How?

It all starts with deep water. Charleston Harbor is home to the deepest channels in the region and regularly handles 8,400-TEU vessels drafting up to 48 feet. Short transit times to Charleston’s five marine terminals, each within two hours sailing time from the open ocean, help keep vessel schedule integrity intact and minimize the risk of canal penalties or missed berthing windows at other ports.

Once a vessel ties up at the dock, Charleston’s operational team – known as the globe’s ‘pros of productivity’ – go to work and deliver standard-shattering crane production, averaging 41 moves per hour per crane cross the entire port. Furthermore, truck turn times remain 21 minutes per gate mission on average.

Beyond serving your needs today, the Port of Charleston is growing its capacity. To prepare for coming years, Charleston is heavily investing in its new and existing terminals with a 10-year, $1.3-billion capital plan. A new terminal that will boost total container capacity in the port by 50% is set to open in 2018. Additional near-term improvements to bring on capacity mean Charleston is ready to grow along with you.

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  • 1 Day From Ship to SCIP
  • 19 of 20 Top Container Lines
  • 23 Min Average Truck Turn
  • 500 Ton Barge Crane
  • 29 Days: Shanghai to Memphis

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