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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:40 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:58 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    To ensure that freight keeps moving, funding is desperately needed to launch training programs for CDL Drivers, Diesel Mechanics and other operators. The industry is joining together to help support this mission. Please click in and read, as resources for how to help NOW are included within.


    The Lowcountry has a tremendous opportunity to house a Transportation and Logistics Center at Trident Technical College to...

    • House Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training and a new diesel mechanic program.
    • Meet the supply chain management and logistics training needs of existing and new industries, including the nearby Volvo and Mercedes plants.
    • Provide flexible classroom/lab space for economic development functions such as supplier and indirect purchasing outreach events, job fairs, workforce information and career exploration events.
    • Create new labs and provide high-speed broadband access that supports high-demand career options in areas of information technology, logistics, engineering technology, manufacturing, business and healthcare.

    In order for this campus to come to fruition, funding is required. We need your support to ensure this campus is top of mind for our legislators. 


    We've made it very simple for your organization to help. Our ask is that you take a moment to.... 

    1. PRINT THIS LETTER, sign your name, and drop in the mail.


    2. USE THIS SCRIPT, to call and leave your message of support. 

    3. Let us know you did steps 1 & 2 above by replying to this email



    We'd like to quantify how much support has been generated to ensure that this funding need is top of mind for our legislators. Those who notify us that a letter has been sent will be included in a drawing for a round of golf for 4 or ticket to our upcoming gala (as a start!).



    Trident Technical College Renovation Project Overview



    Thank you for supporting this mission as a greater maritime community!

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 11:38 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    *Deadline for Submission February 28, 2020


    Charleston Women in International Trade is offering TWO scholarship opportunities.

    One for high school seniors going into college & current college students and a second one for students seeking a technical degree.

    Details are on CWIT website- Link below

  • Tuesday, February 04, 2020 10:19 AM | Stacey Atkins (Administrator)

    An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. 

    Read full bulletin here.

  • Monday, February 03, 2020 1:40 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

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    SC Ports celebrates construction milestone

    at Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal

    S.C. Ports COO Barbara Melvin (from left), Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., Jean Leatherman and S.C. Ports CEO Jim Newsome look on as the steel beam is placed on the new operations building at the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal. More than 300 people, including port employees and construction partners, cheered as the streamers came down to celebrate the construction milestone. (Photo/Stephen Blackmon)

    CHARLESTON, SC — JAN. 31, 2020 — The Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal is taking shape along the Cooper River as S.C. Ports Authority prepares to open the new container terminal in March 2021.


    S.C. Ports celebrated today the structural completion of the terminal’s new operations building. More than 300 people — contractors, port employees, elected leaders and community members — cheered as a steel beam and tree were placed atop the steel structure as part of a traditional “topping out” ceremony.


    The 34,853-square-foot building, built by Samet Corp., will have offices, meeting spaces, crane operator rest and training areas, and a full-service kitchen, as well as the backup power required to maintain critical infrastructure in the event of a power outage.


    Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., the terminal’s namesake, came to celebrate the construction milestone of the terminal’s first and largest building.


    “S.C. Ports has seen tremendous growth over the past decade as bigger cargo ships continually call on the Port of Charleston. The Port has long been the economic engine of South Carolina, and with the new terminal, this will only increase,” Leatherman said. “The container terminal will expand operations and support high-paying jobs for our citizens. It gives me great pride to see the construction progress, and I look forward to the positive impact its completion will have on our state for generations to come.”


    The Leatherman Terminal sits on the former Navy Base in North Charleston. The 134-acre Phase One will have a 1,400-foot wharf that can accommodate up to 19,000-TEU vessels.


    The $1 billion investment comes at a time when S.C. Ports needs additional capacity to handle the larger ships calling on the Port of Charleston. The Port has doubled container volumes over the past decade and records significant cargo growth year-over-year.


    The first phase of the Leatherman Terminal provides 700,000 TEUs of additional capacity, ensuring economic growth for South Carolina as more shippers seek access to the booming Southeast market.


    “In a little more than a year, ships will call on the country’s newest container terminal,” S.C. Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome said. “The opening of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in March 2021 will greatly enhance our cargo capacity and big-ship capability. Our strategic investments and years of hard work are coming to fruition at just the right time as more ships call on the East Coast. This new terminal propels S.C. Ports into the future.”


    The state-of-the-art facility will boast both electric and hybrid equipment that will ensure efficient operations while reducing emissions. Phase One will house the tallest ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the Port of Charleston with five cranes with 169-foot lift height, as well as 25 new hybrid rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes, all set to arrive this year.


    The Leatherman Terminal will be built in phases over the next decade, based on market demand. At full build-out, the 286-acre terminal will have three berths capable of handling 2.4 million TEUs of cargo, doubling the port’s existing throughput capacity.


    A dedicated Port Access Road will connect the Leatherman Terminal to Interstate 26, and a private drayage road will connect the terminal to the future Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, a rail-served cargo yard about a mile away. Truck drivers will use only these routes to ferry containers to and from the terminal.


    The site development and terminal construction is a massive project undertaken by S.C. Ports’ engineering team and numerous contractors, including HDR Inc. for construction management and inspection; Banks Construction Co. for site development; Samet Corporation for construction of buildings and canopies; Cape Romain/McLean A Joint Venture for wharf construction; and Cape Romain Contractors Inc. for bridge construction.


    “Our engineering team and contracting partners have been working diligently to complete the construction of Phase One of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal,” said Walter Lagarenne, S.C. Ports’ Director of Engineering and Permitting. “Phase One work is progressing well, and the terminal is on track to welcome container ships, including ultra-large container ship class vessels, to the new 1,400-foot wharf in March 2021.”


    Notable quotes:

    “S.C. Ports is one of South Carolina’s most powerful economic engines, making a $63.4 billion annual economic impact on our state. The new Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal is a crucial component to continuing the port’s growth, and we eagerly await the opening of the terminal and the prosperity it will bring to South Carolina.” — Gov. Henry McMaster


    “It is thrilling to see the long-planned Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal becoming a reality. This significant infrastructure project would not be possible without the support of Gov. Henry McMaster and the S.C. Legislature. I especially want to thank Sen. Leatherman for his steadfast support and efforts to further investment in our state, ensuring South Carolina remains globally competitive.” — S.C. Ports Authority Board Chairman Bill Stern


    “Samet Corporation feels proud to have a role in the construction of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal and we’re honored to be part of what this project represents. While there are many exciting details to the project, we are most appreciative of the great working relationship our team has forged with S.C. Ports Authority and the many consultants and trade partners that are working in tandem to expeditiously deliver this exciting new terminal for the region.” — Samet Corp. CEO Arthur Samet

    “HDR is honored to be a part of the team that is building the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal by providing construction management services. Construction is progressing well on the first phase of the container terminal, and we are eager to see operations launch early next year. We are grateful to work with S.C. Ports Authority and great project partners on this historic project, which will benefit the Lowcountry for decades to come.” — HDR Vice President David Kinard

    “Our team at Banks Construction is proud to partner with S.C. Ports Authority and the other contractors to build the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal. It has been exciting to see the significant progress as the site transitions into a state-of-the-art container terminal. This significant infrastructure project will bring in jobs and investment to the region, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.” — Banks Construction CEO Reid Banks


    Fast facts – materials used for Phase One of the Leatherman Terminal:

    ·    4.15 million cubic yards of sand fill.

    ·    4.13 million tons of stone, most of which was delivered via barges and ships, keeping roughly 470,000 trucks off Lowcountry roads.

    ·    6,348 miles of wick drains installed, which could stretch from Charleston to Hawaii and still have 1,500 miles of material remaining.

    ·    130 miles of piles installed.

    ·     Nearly 5 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

    ·    Over 125 miles of conduit placed underground, which could run from Charleston to Columbia.

    ·    Over 200 miles of cable, which could run from Charleston to Greenville.

    ·    Over 105,000 cubic yards of concrete placed, which could fill 2,400 containers.

    ·    Over 440,000 pounds of structural steel installed with over 6,000 structural steel bolts.

    ·    Over 192,000 tons of asphalt.

    The new operations building is the first and largest building on the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston. (Photo/S.C. Ports/Walter Lagarenne)

    About South Carolina Ports Authority

    South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:40 PM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)

    USACE NAV/OPS Report

    23 January 2020


    -Entrance Channel Contract 1:  GLDD hopper dredge Terrapin Island dredging AS-4.

    -Entrance Channel Contract 2:  GLDD hopper dredges Dodge Island and Padre Island dredging maintenance material in AS-6. Hopper Dredge Ellis Island working in AS-1.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Wando Welch Terminal (WWT):  Norfolk Dredging bucket dredges Atlantic and Virginian dredging new work material in Wando River reaches.

    -Lower Harbor Contract to Hugh Leatherman Terminal (HLT): Solicitation pending revisions to Project Partnership Agreement.

    -Upper Harbor Contract:  Southern Dredging has completed Shoal 8 Ordnance Reach Turning Basin and TC Dock.  Dredge Brunswick has been released to Savannah and Dredge Cherokee is schedule to arrive by 1 FEB 20 to begin Shoal 7 Ordnance Reach.


    -FY19 CHARLESTON HARBOR UPPEER REACHES O&M:  Southern Dredging has mobilized.  Options for Shipyard River and TC Dock awarded.  BD surveys for Shoal 7 Ordnance Reach, Shoal 8 Ordnance Reach Turning Basin and TC Dock complete.


    -FY18 AIWW CRITICAL SHOAL DREDGING WINYAH BAY TO CHARLESTON: Goodloe has completed Shoal 6 Matthews Cut.  Dredge has been released to Wilmington.  Anticipate return of dredges in March to complete the project. 


  • Friday, January 24, 2020 9:45 AM | Brandi Brueckner (Administrator)
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