State Ports Authority hires firm to help with new cruise terminal planning

CHARLESTON, SC (SCSPA) - The South Carolina State Ports Authority is moving forward on plans to relocate the cruise terminal northward on Union Pier Terminal. On Tuesday, the SCSPA hired an engineering firm to develop a more detailed scope of work and estimate the cost for the project.

The SCSPA is preparing to relocate the cruise operations to a converted 100,000-square foot building. The SCSPA board approved a contract not-to-exceed $250,000 for CH2M Hill to further analyze the improvements to the wharf, building and surrounding site necessary for a modern, appropriate and efficient cruise facility.

The work to be done by CH2M Hill builds on previous site analysis conducted during a detailed planning process and will serve as the basis for a request for proposals that the SCSPA will issue for architectural design services this fall.

The terminal relocation is in response to community input that was an integral part of SCSPA's planning process over the past year. Benefits of the relocation include reducing traffic, removing all cargo operations and trains from Union Pier, and making the southern portion of the 63-acre property available for public and other uses.

"We've heard great support for the plans to relocate cargo operations and to convert the existing building for cruise operations," said Newsome.  "This is the next step along that path."

While the passenger terminal relocation is the option preferred by the SCSPA as well as the community, upgrading the existing terminal and keeping cargo operations on Union Pier remain options if the project should be delayed for unforeseen reasons.  Project updates are posted on

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