The South Carolina State Ports Authority announced it is moving forward with plans to design a new cruise terminal at the Port of Charleston. The SPA issued a request for proposals that would place the new terminal at the northern end of the Union Pier property at the port.
SPA President and CEO Jim Newsome says, “The next step is to select a design firm. Building a new terminal at the northern end of Union Pier will result in relocating 200 cargo ships a year, along with considerable rail and truck traffic, off that property.”
The Charleston City Council approved the first step to the plan in September, which is to develop the terminal at an existing warehouse. The cruise terminal is expected to be completed by 2012, replacing the existing cruise terminal.