Columbus Street Terminal

Charleston, South Carolina
The Port of Charleston has numerous terminals that steamship lines may call. Transit times from the sea buoy to these terminals range from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. SSA Cooper is a full-service stevedore handling containers, breakbulk (paper products, lumber, steel), reefer cargo, heavy lifts, RoRo, bulk commodities and passenger vessels. Our carrier-sponsored Container Freight Station division is actively stuffing and stripping containers on terminal for shippers.

Specifications and services

Location: 1.5 hours transit to sea buoy (32°47’52.17″ N, 79°55’41.10″ W)

Size: 155 acres / 62.7 hectares

  • Developed: 135 acres / 54.6 hectares
  • Wharf: 9.9 acres / 4 hectares
  • RoRo: 44.3 acres / 17.9 hectares
  • Breakbulk Ops: 25.1 acres / 10.2 hectares
  • Heavy Lift: 4.9 acres / 2 hectares
  • Railyard: 10.8 acres / 4.4 hectares
  • Other handling: 17.5 acres / 7.1 hectares

Water Depth: 45 feet / 13.7 meters

Berths & Length: 6 berths, measuring 3,500 feet / 1,615 meters

Reefer Services: 128 plugs

Rail Services:

  • On-dock, CSX and Norfolk Southern
  • S.C. Public Railways
  • Boxcar
  • Vehicle transport railcars
  • Overweight/Overdimensional railcars
  • Point of rest in the breakbulk handling yard or load/discharge between vessel and rail

Highway Access: 1.6 miles to I-26

Cargos / Commodities Handled:

  • Container
  • Lumber
  • Breakbulk
  • Heavy lifts
  • RoRo (National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia)

Other facility facts

Warehouse & Storage: All with covered rail access

  • Building #105: 165,099 square feet / 15,338 square meters
  • Building #108: 94,050 square feet / 8,738 square meters
  • Building #186: 95,000 square feet / 8,826 square meters

Heavy Lift Service:

  • BBC
  • Rickmeres
  • Big Lift
  • Intermarine
  • Jumbo
  • Spliethoff
  • Chipolbrok
  • Grieg Star
  • Clipper Group

General Notes About Rail Service: The South Carolina Railway Commission provides rail service in the state, with CSX and Norfolk Southern as the two major rail carriers. Each terminal in Charleston is operated by an independent rail service which feeds these terminals. These independents transfer railcars from the individual terminals to the two major carriers’ offsite locations.

Independents:

  • PUC: Columbus Street and Union Pier
  • Port Terminal Railroad: North Charleston
  • East Coast Berkeley Railroad: Wando area