Navy Base Terminal – Veterans 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. The channel depth at mean low water is 45 feet. SSA Atlantic 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: 2 hours transit to sea buoy (32°51’12.19″ N, 79°57’2.97″ W)

Size: 110 acres / 44.5 hectares

Water Depth: 35 feet / 10.7 meters

Berths & Length: 4 berths (finger piers), 70 feet / 21 meters wide with lengths measuring

  • Pier Lima: 952 feet / 290 meters (under lease to McAllister Tug Company)
  • Pier Zulu: 1,250 feet / 381 meters
  • Pier Mike: 600 feet / 183 meters
  • Pier November: 1,150 feet / 351 meters

(Presently cargo operations at Pier Mike and Pier Zulu)

Cranes: Yes, lifting truck direct to ship rail to storage yard and truck to storage yard. Details available at

Truck Lanes & Scales: 1 gate, 1 scale

Highway Access: 1.5 miles to I-26

Cargos / Commodities Handled:

  • Reefer
  • Wire Rod
  • Ingots
  • Lumber

Other facility facts

Warehouse & Storage: Building #207 has 42,793 square feet / 13,043 square meters, Building #224 has 54,200 square feet / 16,520 square meters, and 110 acres / 44.5 hectares of outside storage for breakbulk commodities

Fumigation Facilities: Yes

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.


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