NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The first container for the new Hugh K. Leatherman terminal in North Charleston has arrived.
The South Carolina Ports Authority tweeted out a video of the container coming into its gates on Tuesday afternoon.
“The arrival of the first container at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal today is a momentous occasion, signifying that we are ready to begin operations and welcome ships in April,” SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome. “It gives our entire team and project partners tremendous pride to open the first container terminal in the U.S. since 2009.”
According to Newsome, phase one of the Leatherman Terminal will add 700,000 TEUs of throughput capacity and an additional berth to the Port of Charleston, providing capacity and fluidity at a time it is sorely needed on the East Coast amid global shipping disruptions.
Officials say the terminal will have 25 cranes for its first phase which is in addition to five larger ship-to-shore cranes on the dock. According to the SC Ports Authority, they will be able to move about 330,000 containers, which will move vessels in and out of the water from the Wando Terminal to the Leatherman Terminal.
The terminal is named for Republican South Carolina Sen. Hugh Leatherman, who represents Florence and Darlington Counties.