The first container arrived at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal yesterday, the S.C. Ports Authority said.
SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome called the arrival a momentous occasion.
“It gives our entire team and project partners tremendous pride to open the first container terminal in the U.S. since 2009,” he said. “Phase I 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.”
The terminal is still wrapping up Phase I completion and isn’t scheduled to welcome ships until April.
A series of firsts at #SCPorts Leatherman Terminal! The 1st container, which is for @BMWUSA, arrived at #HLT from Inland Port Greer. Corinthian Brown of C&K Trucking picked it up at the @nscorp rail-yard. RTG operator Michael Blas placed it in the container yard. #TomorrowIsHere pic.twitter.com/q3IkFRvkSq— South Carolina Ports (@SCPorts) March 30, 2021